Restored, original WWII front seam, steel pots and US military liners. 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.
Liners are completely refurbished with new khaki herringbone suspension. Once complete, these look like a brand new fixed bale.
For fixed bales we use M1942 WWII liners. No choice of makers.
-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
-New, ATF repro webbing
-New, ATF repro sweatband
-New, ATF repro nape strap
-New, ATF repro 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 a rough spots.
All U.S. helmets are assembled using military surplus steel pots and liners. These are 40-60 years old. Most 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. If you live in a perfect blemish-free militaria fantasy land, these will hurt your little feelings. They are in good to very good shape, but not 110% 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.