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Started by Anders Heintz , Jan 24 2011 08:57 PM

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#1 Anders Heintz

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 08:57 PM

I finally got this piece in the mail today!! It was probably the hardest I've worked to get a helmet ever, and boy was it worth it! I got it from the man him self, who is now at Ft. Bragg.

The helmet was used by SGT. T**** (Censored due to still being active) while with 2/30 Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division. He was a member of their Scout Sniper Platoon "Team Spectre". The helmet was used in Iraq and Afghanistan, at which time it was painted in desert camo. When he returned the helmet was repainted and used in training, hence the current camo scheme and good condition. I did not know that non SF units were allowed to paint and costumize their gear, but these guys did so quite regularily. I also have pictures of other scout's with the 10th mountain (1/87th inf regt) who also painted their helmets. From what he was telling me, they work in a similar manner as LRS units, 7-8 man teams, inserted at night, picked up in the morning.

The helmet itself is an MSA helmet made in 2005, it has an X-Treme Comfort one piece forehead pad and the nvg bracket is a cut down customized old style bracket. The chinstrap is a new issued one as he put the old one on his new helmet.

A guaranteed 'real deal' painted helmet. And the best thing is he has another one I might be able to get.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/AndersHeintz/tc2.jpg

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Edited by Bugme, 25 January 2011 - 06:23 AM.


#2 Anders Heintz

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:00 PM

More pictures

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/AndersHeintz/tt_2.jpg

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:02 PM

I wish that was mine. Great find and easily one of the best camo'd lids i've seen out there.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:21 PM

GREAT find!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is one of the best camo'd ones I've seen as well. :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:27 PM

Thats a really interesting camo job...looks like he put a lot of time an effort into it

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 10:13 PM

Thanks guys, I am glad you enjoy it as much as I do! It was an interesting find, and it took a bit of negotiating and figuring out how to get the lid to Texas, luckily I have a friend not far from Bragg who picked it up for me and shipped it here. Needless to say I'm pretty excited about it, and can't wait to see the other helmet he's got!

Edited by Anders Heintz, 24 January 2011 - 10:27 PM.


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Posted 24 January 2011 - 11:28 PM

Awesome looking helmet!

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 02:22 AM

That is a great-looking helmet. Even these look miles away from the PASGT days. Congrats on the find.. :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 03:04 AM

I'm sooo jealous :jeal0001: Nice addition to your collection !

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:08 AM

Outstanding!

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:47 AM

Even the challenge coin is on par with how awesome that helmet is!

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:53 AM

I don't collect ACH/MICH helmets but, I think I'd make an exception and open up a space for this one if I had it. :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 08:23 AM

My only curiosity with this helmet is that if this guy is a sniper, he knows that black does not appear naturally in nature, therefore why would he take such great effort into camouflaging this helmet, only to cover it in new looking black Velcro? Tactically it makes no sense. We aviod black at all costs in the recon community for this very same reason, it sticks out like sore thumb. A sniper which apparently takes as much care as he did to ensure he was camouflaged in my oppinion wouldn't have that black Velcro there. Just my Two pennies

#14 Anders Heintz

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:22 AM

Thanks guys!

I'm not sure what the answer is to that 19Delta, I know he said he used the MS2000 strobe on the back, and IR tabs up top. I imagine the flags went on both sides, and the blood type patches was on the front, and when in use probably not a lot of black would be seen. I know he said they didn't use the helmets much when they were operating, they would stash them with other gear somewhere and go do their thing and come back to it. I'll ask him though. The 10th Mountain patch was just there temporarily, they are on the display 'pedestal' now.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 10:26 AM

Wow cool! This camo paint looks like hunting's Mossy or real tree camo patterns.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 07:51 AM

That is cool helmet! Congrats on finding it!

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 08:49 AM

My only curiosity with this helmet is that if this guy is a sniper, he knows that black does not appear naturally in nature, therefore why would he take such great effort into camouflaging this helmet, only to cover it in new looking black Velcro? Tactically it makes no sense. We aviod black at all costs in the recon community for this very same reason, it sticks out like sore thumb. A sniper which apparently takes as much care as he did to ensure he was camouflaged in my oppinion wouldn't have that black Velcro there. Just my Two pennies


I've the same opinion, and I'm also curious to see the brand new condition of exterior and full used condition of interior... How can you explain there's no spot in the paints and velcro are brand new...?

Well ok, you explain : "The helmet was used in Iraq and Afghanistan, at which time it was painted in desert camo. When he returned the helmet was repainted and used in training, hence the current camo scheme and good condition" but I always have some doubts on these modified helmets, because it's too simple to make one, to invent a story and sell it at an expensive price. It's just my opinion. There's other modified helmet for which I've no doubt, but this one...

And I also have another question : what's the personalisation of the NVG mount and rhino ? It was first painted in blue and then repainted in another color ? And why was NVG mount cut ? The color under camo paint job looks blue, and not the common black. I know it also exists in gold (and few other color), but it's the first time I see one in blue...

Edited by P-E, 04 February 2011 - 09:00 AM.


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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:49 AM

And I also have another question : what's the personalisation of the NVG mount and rhino ? It was first painted in blue and then repainted in another color ? And why was NVG mount cut ? The color under camo paint job looks blue, and not the common black. I know it also exists in gold (and few other color), but it's the first time I see one in blue...



Thats not painted blue, its blued metal. Its the regular color of the mount.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:57 AM

Like Bugme, I don't collect these either. But if I did? This be the one!!

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:21 PM

It almost looks as if he just had fun with the camo job and didnt intend to really use it hence the black velcro. I'll run this by a few people to see what they think.

just to add, I have a few helmets from guys who have applied black velcro and there jobs were pretty close to what your guy is doing only they werent snipers. Most are on bump helmets, but with the bump helmets they usually spray painted over the velcro.

Edited by cszakolczai, 04 February 2011 - 12:33 PM.



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