Dating an m1 helmet

dating an m1 helmet

How do I identify an M-1 helmet?

This can be done by examining the number (pictured to the right) found in the inner front of any US M-1 McCord manufactured helmet shell. McCord manufactured the majority of M-1 helmet shells (making 20,000,000 helmets) and they did not place any other identification marks.

How do you date a McCord helmet?

A heat stamp of 305B on a McCord manufactured helmet. A heat stamp of 50A with an S beneath it on a Schlueter manufactured helmet. Heat stamps can be used to roughly determine the production date of M1 helmets. The book Helmets of the ETO includes a chart to date McCord manufactured helmets, however the information is copyrighted.

Are the M1 helmets made during WWII?

The M1 helmets distinctive WWII manufacturing features will be described as well as dates approximating time of specification changes. Attention will be made to alert the collector of post-WWII modifications due to specification changes that were applied to helmets originally produced during WWII.

Which countries have adopted the M1A helmet?

Paraguay: Adopted the M1 after signing the Rio Treaty. Peru: Formerly used M1 helmets supplied by the US. Some obtained from Israel and West Germany. Philippines: Formerly used M1 helmet in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Some reserve stocks for training of the recruits.

What is an M1 helmet?

The M1 helmet is a combat helmet that was used by the United States military from World War II until 1985, when it was succeeded by the PASGT helmet. For over forty years, the M1 was standard issue for the U.S. military.

How do you identify a M35 Helmet?

Later production helmets had the stampings on the rear of the flange. There will also be another set of stampings on the rear flange which designates the lot number. M35 helmets will have a rolled edge as depicted in Fig. 1. The air vents were designed by pressing a grommet together in the the hole to form an air vent.

How can I tell what year my helmet is?

An alpha/numerical stamp is located on the lower inside front of the helmet where the helmet flares out to the rim. The stamp can be hard to see but can identify maker and approximate year of manufacture.

How to determine the size of a motorcycle helmet?

Immediately after the manufacturing code a 2 digit size will be stamped in the steel which will be the size of the shell in centimeters. These stamps are mostly found on the interior left side just above the rim. Later production helmets had the stampings on the rear of the flange.

What countries use M1 helmets?

New Zealand: Used by the New Zealand Army from the 1960s all the way to 2000s, mostly using US and South Korean-made M1s. Netherlands: Used Ulbrichts-made M1 helmets. Nicaragua: The Guardia Nacional de Nicaragua used M1 helmets supplied by the United States 1954-1979. Norway: Used Ulbrichts-made M1 helmets.

Why did they stop making M1 helmets?

The M1 was phased out of US service during the 1980s in favor of the PASGT helmet, which offered increased ergonomics and ballistic protection. Following World War II, the M1 helmet was widely adopted or copied by numerous other countries and its distinctive shape was adopted as the NATO standard.

When did the US switch from the M1917 to the M1 helmet?

At the outbreak of WWII, the U.S. military switched over from the M1917 to the now iconic M1 helmet.

What are M1 helmets made of?

Adopted shortly before the United States entry into WWII, the first production M1 helmet shell was made of manganese steel coated in cork aggregate and dark olive drab paint. This combination gave the helmet a dark, coarse, appearance and texture.

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