Restored original WWII front seam steel pots and US military *liners.
Steel pots: We strip all the paint off the steel shells and repaint them in the correct dark olive drab. Then new reproduction khaki chinstraps are bar-tacked on. All shells are WWII front seam- but most are not originally "fixed bale". A few shells were, but most had the swivel chinstrap loops which we removed and replaced with new fixed type. Under no circumstances do we offer a selection of heat batch numbers or the like.
Liners: All are are completely refurbished with new khaki herringbone suspension. Once complete, these look like a brand new fixed bale.
*A few liners may be the postwar US models, but they have been refitted with the front eyelet and khaki suspension. This means, aside from the tiny stamp in the crown, they are 100% identical to WWII manufactured liners. Trying to offer a choice of makers or dates of liners simply isn't feasible.
-WWII Front seam shell (no choice of makers or heat treatment batch numbers)
-New, fixed bales welded on
-New, ATF repro WWII chinstraps bartacked on
-Original M1 liner
-New, ATF reproduction webbing
-New, ATF reproduction sweatband
-New, ATF reproduction nape strap
-New, ATF reproduction liner chinstrap
We DO NOT offer a choice of markings or makers on steel pots or liners. These are rebuilt front seam pots and US military liners, and we choose them by condition, not markings. Ever since the M-1 Helmet book came out, people have been going insane screaming for "correct" heat treatment batch numbers on these pots. New information shows that the batch number nonsense to be just that- they were inventory numbers, and are not sequential as the author of the book assumed. (Yes, there will probably be a new book written in the next year or so to drive everyone into a new frenzy.) These are not original fixed bale pots. They ARE original front seams- but that is all we guarantee.
These helmets and liners are NOT new.
We cannot guarantee these to be completely free of dings, small cracks, scratches, or rough spots.
All U.S. helmets are assembled using military surplus steel pots and liners. These are 50-70 years old. 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 certain. Small dents, dings or stress cracks are the norm. They are in good to very good shape, but not flawless.
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.