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MINT NEW CHINSTRAP FOR M1 VIETNAM ERA HELMET. NOS ORIGINAL 1965 -1972 CHIN STRAP



MINT NEW CHINSTRAP FOR M1 VIETNAM ERA HELMET. NOS ORIGINAL 1965 -1972 CHIN STRAP

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This listing is for ONE mint, never-issued two-piece M1 helmet replacement chinstrap. It is genuine US government issue, NOT a copy or reproduction. It will come from an original factory box (as shown above). The metal parts of these straps were produced in the USA between 1965 and 1972 by the original manufacturer: North and Judd Mfg. Co. in New Britain, Connecticut. They are made of OD#7 (olive green) cotton webbing and come with a DULL black-oxide metal finish with crimp-on tabs. They have the T1 "ball and hook" release and are correct for the post-Korea through post-Vietnam period (1959 - 1982) but will fit any year US steel pot or WW1 dough-boy helmet. Straps are 16 inches long when the two sides are connected. These type straps were used by US Forces from November 1944 until about 1982. They were replaced in the 1980s by a nylon/cotton split-chin hook-in strap that didn't require pliers for installation. The later straps looked somewhat similar to earlier airborne liner chin straps. These were packaged individually. Do not confuse these with thin-metal "NATO" chinstraps sold elsewhere on eBay. They don't call them NATO straps and they look similar and will work ok, but if they have painted black metal parts, they're likely not US made. Also, they often cost more than real ones. Why pay more for a copy? All of our straps are returns from Vietnam. NOTE: Straps available elsewhere on eBay with lot numbers might be genuine, but they are NOT Vietnam era. Our inventory, dated from 1965 to 1972, have NO lot number or "P" on the straps. Let me know if you'd like a strap with an anchor. Unless you tell me otherwise, at checkout or when you pay, I will ship the one without the anchor. These two types of straps are identical except for the anchor stamping*. Both are correct for the Vietnam era. You are bidding on ONE chinstrap of your choice, NOT TWO. Original boxes containing 50 straps are shown for reference only and are not included. Your strap will come from one of these boxes. These straps were never individually packaged. Shipping is FREE in the US, $6 to Canada, and $10 to anywhere else, any quantity. This is less than actual cost of postage. Delivery confirmation is included. *Apparently, the anchor logo was first used in the fifties and was discontinued when the manufacturer, North and Judd, was acquired by Gulf and Western Industries in 1967. Chinstraps produced after 1967 had NO anchor although some boxes dated as late as 1969 still contained anchor straps. In the rare event of loss outside the US we will provide proof of mailing only. Items may be held up by Customs agents in other countries. Sometimes for weeks. The last picture is me, wearing my M1 steel pot somewhere in the "Iron Triangle" in Vietnam March 30, 1969.