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Difference between Lightweight Helmet (USMC) and PASGT helmets (all branch)


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#1 P-E

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 01:15 PM

In fact, there's some difference between both LWH and PASGT.

External, there's only 1 difference between PASGT and LWH ;

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The big difference is these two screws that are present in PASGT to attach the chin strap.

Color of paints is not a good indicator to differenciate a LWH and a PASGT. I explain me ;

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On this picture, you can see an original LWH (left) and an original PASGT (right). We can easy recognize the screw for chin strap on PASGT Helmet and there's also a difference of color of paints for both model.

But the problem is that color of paints isn't a good indicator because ;

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On this picture, you have TWO original PASGT. They have their original paints too. As you can see, they both have a different color. On left, you have a "lightweight PASGT" (= rare). On right, you have a "normal PASGT" (= common).

As you can see on this picture, they both have screw. In fact, there's small difference between these two PASGT models ;

1. the lightweight model has, as his name indicate it : a light weight...
2. the lightweight model has a 3 point chin strap / normal PASGT have only a 2 point chin strap.
3. Label differs (only on the rear, near the neck) for the normal PASGT / Two different labels for lightweight PASGT.

Here's now picture of interior of lightweight PASGT ;

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On this picture, you can easy see the three point chin strap (2 on sides and also 1 on rear).

Now, here's the interior of the "normal PASGT" ;

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You can see on this picture the chin strap in TWO points.

First label on the lightweight PASGT Helmet (on rear)

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You can read ;

"PASGT Helmet
Lightweight

LARGE
Specialty Defense Prod
"

Second label inside Lightweight PASGT helmet ;

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You can read ;

"SPP inc
Dunmore, PA
Made in the USA
"

Here's the label of the normal PASGT Helmet ;

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#2 P-E

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 01:16 PM

And here're the labels for LWH (OD first and second Tan) ;

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All helmets (PASGT normal, Lightweight PASGT, OD LWH and tan LWH) in comparison

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So I resume ; for EXTERNAL (so helmet shell - NOT inside)

The only difference between PASGT and LWH is the screw. It permit to easy recognize it.

The color is a wrong indicator to differenciate PASGT and LWH.


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Posted 26 May 2010 - 01:17 PM

Now, for the INSIDE, there's some difference between LWH and PASGT.

1. The liner
2. Labels inside (on a print paper for LWH / print directly on kevlar for PASGT)
3. Difference between manufacturer (only GENTEX for LWH / for PASGT there's : UNICOR , GENTEX, Specialty Product,...).


Here's the inside of PASGT (normal / non Lightweight) :

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Here's the inside for Lightweight PASGT Helmet ;

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Here's the liner for the first model of LWH (so not with pads) ;

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Here's the inside of upgraded LWH (with PADS - I personaly call it MCCH to differenciate it of LWH with liner) :

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As it, you can see all difference between PASGT and LWH, for all models, inside and external.

Hope this helps,

P-E

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 03:10 PM

great pictorial reference material! Thanks P-E :thumbsup:
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Posted 28 September 2016 - 06:45 PM

So what I've learned in this, since I have an LWH, is that an M81 Woodland PASGT cover would fit. That's all I needed to know... Thanks!




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