The M-1 helmet was the standard issue combat headgear used by the United States military from 1941 until the late 1980's. We use original military issue steel shells and a mix of authentic and reproduction liners (depending on the model) to re-create the WWII versions of this classic helmet. All steel shells are stripped of their old paint and texture, dents and dings repaired, then repainted in the WWII shade of olive drab, and finally refitted with reproduction chinstraps correct for the wartime era.
Only the "reproduction" helmets are new. The others 50+ years old and have been used by the US military, so we cannot guarantee these to be completely free of dings, small cracks, scratches, or a rough spots. All U.S. helmets are assembled using military surplus steel pots. They are not mint, flawless, stored in a shock-proof-vault-just-for-u. Although we repaint and refurbish them, some evidence of their past use or wear is likely. They are in good to very good shape, but not 110% perfect.
WWII "front seam" shells in particular nearly always have some level of stress cracks at the rear. We cannot completely fix this.
US Helmet "Sizes"
Unlike German helmets and modern day Kevlars, the M-1 M-1C and M-2 helmets and liners come in only one size. The sweatband in the liner adjusts to fit your head via a slide buckle like some baseball caps. Thus, one size fits all. If you get a helmet and it's too tight, you simply need to adjust the sweatband. It's very, very simple.