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  1. The one with the M is a 50's era McCord helmet. The other one is guess is Parish from the 60's also note there is more to the stamp which and be seen in front for sure and possibly behind the 9
  2. Parish/Dana often used blue ink stamps. The meaning of these stamps I am not sure... Possibly indicating specific helmets within the lot, or specific groups within a steel lot. Those are just guesses, until someone finds documentation stating what the stamps mean, we will not know.
  3. I thought about that, but in other packs with the ability to add internal bladder (like a molle medic pack I have) you put the bladder in by itself without a cover. Would you put it in with or without a cover? Does it matter?
  4. With the molle 2 system, there is a hydration carrier and several packs including the ruck and assault pack. I know the hydration carrier attaches to the back of the molle vest and the ruck sack. But how do you attach a hydration system to the assault pack? It has Velcro flaps for what I assume would be a hydration tube but I can't figure out how to put one in it? Are the flaps only on the airborne style pack for the straps to pass through?
  5. Found this one the other day and never added it. Looks like a 9th Inf Div soldier with possibly a homemade pipe in Vietnam
  6. thats how I found one as well. Bought an unused type 2 liner at a modern surplus store of all places in their pile of kevlar helmets. still had its booklet tucked into the suspension with the nape strap and chin cup as well.
  7. looks to say "Yea Though we walk through the Valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evel (evil) for we are Marine Force Recon - and the meenest (meanest) mothers in the valley" "WALFORD"
  8. no stamp could also be an RJ stamping helmet from the 70's. They had very faint stamps that the factory paint often covered. That is just a guess though.
  9. 80's RJ Stampings helmets made in Canada. Used by US and Canadian forces in the early 80's before the switch to Kevlar.
  10. Just to add to what was already said about lot number locations, there have been some helmets that were found with the lot number on the exterior of the shell rather than inside. How this happened, I have no idea. But it happened
  11. I checked my 89 (Winfield MFG. Co.) and 83 (Alpha industries) dated ones and it's the same, I checked my dad's from 69 (So-Sew styles inc.) and 78 (alpha industries) and neither has a percentage though there are some changes noticable over the years. I will add that the liners say they are 100% nylon shell and 100% polyester batting so that would shrink as I speculated.
  12. Good responses! I'm not concerned with burning so much as that's just bound to happen if you come in contact with flames etc. I'm very worried about the possibility of shrinking and melting if you were in a hot area due to fire, but not actually in a fire. I may have to get a torn up one or something and do some burn testing. And just so everyone knows, I'm not worried about sitting next to a camp fire or something.
  13. that's good! Well... Maybe not for you as a kid... But that brings up an other question. Are they still made with the same material?
  14. I believe RACES is Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service which would explain the "Radio" in the insignia. Cool liner!
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