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PAVN Pith Helmet - military or tourist?

Article about: Hello, along with the steel helmets and mortar i purchased, i also bought this PAVN pith helmet. My question is, is this a military issue or a civillian aka tourist purpose only? The helmet

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    Question PAVN Pith Helmet - military or tourist?

    Hello, along with the steel helmets and mortar i purchased, i also bought this PAVN pith helmet. My question is, is this a military issue or a civillian aka tourist purpose only? The helmet is crude made especially on the placement of the vent hole which is assymetrical.
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    The vent hole is weird looking too.
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    There’s some dried glue spot too.
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    The label (super durable helmet, warranty 12 months?)
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    The seller also send the helmet paper container. And i think its from the other sun helmet since the words mean is (advance super durable helmet, warranty 2 years?)
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    Btw i found these photos depicting the construction of the pith helmet. Photos from Pachot - Photographer profile
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    So gentlemen, is this a military issue sun helmet? Or a tourist one?
    Thank you.

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    Turistic piece.....

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    Wow. That's really fast!
    Thank you!

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    well I'LL be pithed.lol

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    modern current production for civillians / tourists

    not a Vietnam War time piece

    value probaby $15 retail price

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    Quote by harryamb2 View Post
    well I'LL be pithed.lol
    lol

    Quote by battle gear View Post
    modern current production for civillians / tourists

    not a Vietnam War time piece

    value probaby $15 retail price
    Thank you and right on the money. I bought that with the same price.

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    Cool Vietnam sun helmet with badge

    I found this photo taken recently in late 2014 and the PAVN / Vietnamese army still uses these, so it could be both for civilians and military use.
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    battlegear seems have have answered my question, demonstrating that this helmet (for want of a better word) is actually in use with the modern Vietnamese army. and in use by a wide swathe of VN society if feldgrau's pics are representative. Interesting. I have always gone along with the party line that these were almost certainly tourist products but I am more than happy to change my mind. All the labelling in feldgrau's example is something that says 'government issue' and not junk for the gullible.

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    Well made, but not military. A military piece certainly wouldn't have a 12 month warranty tag in it, in any case.
    William

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