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

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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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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.


"As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They're not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time. You can have all the armor in the world on a tank and it can (still) be blown up..." - Donald Rumsfeld (Camp Buehring, KU - Dec. 8, 2004)

See my current collection of desert SSI HERE
See my current collection of Badges (ranks, qualification badges, Branch of Service - from WW2 to present) HERE
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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


"As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They're not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time. You can have all the armor in the world on a tank and it can (still) be blown up..." - Donald Rumsfeld (Camp Buehring, KU - Dec. 8, 2004)

See my current collection of desert SSI HERE
See my current collection of Badges (ranks, qualification badges, Branch of Service - from WW2 to present) HERE
See my files in PDF on scribd.com HERE
See my collection of jackets HERE

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great pictorial reference material! Thanks P-E :thumbsup:

Terry


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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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