OUR HELMET SHELLS
ORIGIN & MANUFACTURING
The vast majority of our US M1 helmets come from surplus of the Austrian and Belgian armies. These European clones of the US M1 helmet are identical in every way to the American-made model. Produced and used between 1958 and 1980, they may show signs of use and come from different manufacturers. They are made of sturdy steel shells, designed for military use and are now considered obsolete with the arrival of more recent equipment. They should not be confused with recent reproductions of helmet shells. The shell alone weighs an average of 1.2 kg, without its liner.
In order to be as close as possible to the American models used during World War II, your helmet is repainted and textured to give it the appearance of the famous "cork". This treatment made it possible to break up the reflections of light and gain in discretion. This is a typical texture of the US M1 helmets produced during World War II. Our Vietnam versions are smooth and do not have this famous "cork" texture. We have developed our own method based on original US M1 helmet models.
YOUR INSIGNIAS & MARKINGS
Represent your division, regiment, or unit with the ranks and other distinctive elements of your helmet. They will be hand painted on the different sides of the helmet according to the models of the time. If you cannot find the insignia or marking that you would like to see on your US M1 helmet, do not hesitate to contact us. We will do our best to add the marking during the customization of your US M1 helmet.