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In Israeli service, reserve soldiers have used the M1 helmet in combat as late as 2006.
The M1 is two "one-size-fits-all" helmets—an outer metal shell, sometimes called the "steel pot", and a hard hat–type liner that is nestled inside the shell and contains the suspension system that would be adjusted to fit the wearer's head.
Helmet covers and netting would be applied by covering the steel shell with the extra material tucked inside the shell and secured by inserting the liner. The liner can be worn by itself providing protection similar to a hard hat, and was often worn in such fashion by military policemen, Assistant Drill Instructors (known as AIs), and rifle/machine gun/pistol range staff, although they were supposed to wear steel at the range.
The depth of the helmet is 7 inches, the width is 9.5 inches, and length is 11 inches.
The weight of a World War II–era M1 is approximately 2.85 pounds, including the liner and chinstrap.
This is particularly true of paratroopers' helmets, which are variants known as the M1C Helmet and M2 Helmet.
A second US production run of approximately one million helmets was made in 1966–1967.
His helmet has a camouflage cover with additional natural camouflage added on the slots in the helmet's cover. The M1 helmet is a combat helmet that was used by the United States military from World War II until 1985, when it was succeeded by the PASGT helmet. The M1 helmet has become an icon of the American military, with its design inspiring other militaries around the world.Those with (original) rare or unusual markings or some kind of documented history tend to be more expensive.The M1 helmet liner still occupies a symbolic niche in the United States military.For example, liners are currently worn in training by United States Navy SEALs BUD/S candidates, where in it is painted with the trainees' class number, name, and rank insignia, and painted and chrome-plated versions models are still used in ceremonial units. Both World War II and Vietnam era helmets are becoming harder to find.