its pretty rusted and yes it still have a few cork texture but most were rub off due to the condition or rough hadling of the store owner or the original owner. i'll take pics of the pot once i borrow my brother's cam coz im not really a gudget guy.
I think this is the reason why the more recent US army kevlar helmet has that arched contour at the back of the helmet even though it has more of it covering the sides of the head including the ears.hello Dan, here are some tips for quick Identification of WWII M1 helmets:early M1 helmets have fixed bales [non movable loops] for the chin straps and a front seam made of stainless steel [1941 - 1943]in 1943 they made a improved model with swivel bales [movable loops] these also had a front seam made of stainless steelthe finish on WWII helmets was a rough cork textured paintchin straps on all WWII production were sewn on, later during the Korean war - Vietnam era they had metal clamp on type chin straps, much easier to repair / replace in the fieldlate in 1944 - 1945 they made the helmets with a rear seam and changed it to manganese steel instead of stainless, because when the paint wore off the stainless seams it looked rear seam WWII production helmets were made too late to be used during WWII, but were used in Korea, Vietnam and laterin the 1950's they started using a sand / silca paint finish on M1 helmets, looks similiar to a fine sand paper texture.The ideal shaped helmet was seen as one with a dome-shaped top following the full contour of the head and supplying uniform headroom for indentation, extending down the front to cover the forehead without impairing vision and down the sides as far as possible to be compatible with the rifle, etc., and down the back as far as possible without pushing the helmet forward when in a prone position, and with a frontal plate flanged forward as a cap-style visor and the sides and rear flanged outward to deflect rain from the collar opening.The M1917 model was considered suitable for protecting the top of the head and by removing its brim, by adding sidepieces and rearpieces, and by incorporating the suspension system into a separate inner liner, the World War II Army helmet came into being.With the resurge of military life and expenditures, new overtures were made to American industrial firms to improve the protective coverage and ballistic limit of the M1917A1 and to take advantage of recent advances in steel alloy manufacture, liner materials, and mass production methods.In addition, a two-piece helmet was considered desirable to meet the increasing variety and complexity of tactical and climatic conditions.
Dating the m1 steel helmet
After World War II, fragment simulators in a range of 5 calibers were widely used in ballistics evaluation tests of prospective ballistic materials for helmets and body armor.It was heavy and hot, but it provided good protection and was useful for a wide variety of other "unofficial" purposes, such as pounding in tent stakes or boiling water.hey dan...i am certainly no expert, but i betcha no M-1 helmets were manufactured after WW 2. kostenlose partner Mainz there were so many floating around, still stored in QM warehouses,etc that there were more than enough to equip US forces thru the korean conflict, vietnam, the french in indo china and other allied military units. this is, of course, just a highly uneducated guess on my part.The M1 offered much greater protection over the earlier helmet by extending down to cover the sides and back of the wearer's head.