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Grant G.

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  1. I agree with Nick, these helmets unfortunately lack the characteristics of the 1941-produced McCords, those being: the early style loops, the cast brass chinstrap hardware, and lastly the XXY X heat stamp format. Nice helmets nonetheless, but they date to August 1942.
  2. Could we see close-ups of the chinstrap hardware as well as the fixed loops?
  3. The exact helmet reappears a few weeks later, being sold by a different seller, with a sanded down heat stamp, and what does the seller do with this new information he has at hand? He completely misreads the heat stamp as being 82B, when in fact it reads 32B 1. So not only do we have damage done to an otherwise $400-$500 mid-1941 shell, but the damage, in the end didn't even help the seller to properly identify the helmet. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Early-82B-Heat-Stamp-Fixed-bail-Front-Seam-Helmet/114372547150?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055359.m2763.l2649
  4. This is just not true, and it's that misconception that causes new collectors to sand their helmets. A helmet's date of production can be determined by a combination of factors, none of which include reading the heat stamp (loop style, rim material, seam placement, chinstrap webbing, chinstrap hardware, manufacturer, etc.). I'd like to share something that I think does a good job of encapsulating our frustration with scratching heat stamps. The helmet below was sold on eBay a few weeks ago. Just from the photos, we can tell by its early style loops and cast-brass chinstrap buckle that this McC
  5. Agreed. The only U.S.-produced item I see is a cloth cover from the Vietnam War.
  6. Sorry to say, but this helmet's white paint is not likely a winter camouflage, but rather something done by a VFW. Note the outline of a decal on the front of the steel shell.
  7. The 2 and 3 are also both Schlueters with manganese rims, while the one being sold by Jamie is a McCord with a stainless steel rim...
  8. Here's the 88th ID helmet sold by the "wwmilitaria" eBay account, followed by a confirmed fake from Jamie's "Boogeymanrepro" Instagram page. I think the similarities speak for themselves...
  9. This account also sold an 88th ID helmet recently. Both helmets and the photography style remind me of the fakes made by Jamie Kashetta/JKash.
  10. McCord implemented steel buckles in the "raised-bar" variety sometime in late 1943. Here you can see it on this example (heat stamp 698D). As for that collage it goes from left to right: cast brass, raised-bar brass, raised-bar steel, flat steel w/ sharp point J-hook, flat brass w/ rounded point J-hook, to flat steel w/ rounded point J-hook and OD#7 webbing.
  11. Hi James, here's a link to an article on the M1 helmet, about halfway down the page you'll see a collage showing the progression of chinstrap buckles. https://www.circa1941.com/post/what-to-look-for-when-buying-a-wwii-m1-helmet
  12. Fear not. The original liners' camouflage template consists of two green tones and one rust-brown tone, applied over the liner's standard olive drab paint via a stencil. These reproductions have three green tones, not to mention the shapes are different.
  13. Hello all, we have a Father's Day sale running at Circa1941.com this weekend. Enter coupon code FATHER15 at checkout to save 15% off. www.circa1941.com/for-sale
  14. For reference, here's what an original looks like:
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