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Picked up a US ACH Helmet a few days ago
Old 05-11-2019, 05:46 PM   #1
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Default Picked up a US ACH Helmet a few days ago

Don't really know a whole lot about them as I mainly collect WW2 Helmets but thought this was a really cool helmet especially for the price, 60 bucks seemed like a good deal. It has a tac light on the side that works, also named on the back under the back flap. Certainly looks like it has seen use, sweat stains inside and on the nape pad. Here are some pics.
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Old 05-11-2019, 05:49 PM   #2
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Some more pics. Is there any way to tell if it was issued to the Army or USMC? Any way to look up the soldiers name thats on the back? Thanks!
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I don't think the marines use/used those helmets. Also, the cover is the Army ACU digital camo. The marines never used that, either.
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I don't think the marines use/used those helmets. Also, the cover is the Army ACU digital camo. The marines never used that, either.
Oh ok, thanks! Know nothing about these but thought it was cool and a good example of a modern helmet for my collection since I did not have any. Thanks for the info!
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:33 PM   #5
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Hi thats a very nice ach helmet well worth the money. Looks like 2010 and later use
you might find issue date under big round pad. The surefire light is a nice accessory to find with the helmet.
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Hi thats a very nice ach helmet well worth the money. Looks like 2010 and later use
you might find issue date under big round pad. The surefire light is a nice accessory to find with the helmet.
Thanks! Not really into the modern stuff or so I thought until I saw this one in a local antique store. They are cool! Took me a little while to figure out the light as it seemed really dim when I put a battery in and turned it on, the round button on the side has 3 brightness settings by pushing it. Also thought the other switch was broken or did nothing but after looking on youtube its some type of night vision infrared light that flashes, very hard to see with the naked eye.
And thanks for the tip! Will pull out the pad at top in a few and see if I see a date.
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Hi thats a very nice ach helmet well worth the money. Looks like 2010 and later use
you might find issue date under big round pad. The surefire light is a nice accessory to find with the helmet.
Gave it a try and the pad was trying to separate from the bottom piece thats stuck to the velcro so I just decided to let it be, didn't want to mess something up.
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[QUOTE=RamZ67;8447768]Gave it a try and the pad was trying to separate from the bottom piece thats stuck to the velcro so I just decided to let it be, didn't want to mess something up.[

Yeah I say it saw use within last 10 years. Be careful these helmet can become addictive.
They are very affordable right now, who knows if they will stay that way. Vince
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Nice ACH for sure. I like them nice and salty. As said they are very addictive. Getting close to 20 of them myself.



They are getting harder to find good used ones now that we left the ME for the most part.

6-8 years ago was the best time to get them. All sandy and covered in grime with unit patches .



The Marines used the LWH or Light Weight Helmet. It looks similar to the old PASGT.

This is the earlier version of the LWH.





The early liner.



The later LWH

With the Army style liner (pad system) Also has the USMC marked neck armor and a completely different chin strap setup which is also unique to the Marines.

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Gave it a try and the pad was trying to separate from the bottom piece thats stuck to the velcro so I just decided to let it be, didn't want to mess something up.[

Yeah I say it saw use within last 10 years. Be careful these helmet can become addictive.
They are very affordable right now, who knows if they will stay that way. Vince
Probably so and yes I can see how they can be addictive, I already want another one!
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Nice ACH for sure. I like them nice and salty. As said they are very addictive. Getting close to 20 of them myself.



They are getting harder to find good used ones now that we left the ME for the most part.

6-8 years ago was the best time to get them. All sandy and covered in grime with unit patches .



The Marines used the LWH or Light Weight Helmet. It looks similar to the old PASGT.

This is the earlier version of the LWH.





The early liner.



The later LWH

With the Army style liner (pad system) Also has the USMC marked neck armor and a completely different chin strap setup which is also unique to the Marines.


Thanks! Very excited to have found it!
I like yours as well, very cool! Wow, 20!
I am thinking of looking for some goggles for it maybe and may see if I can locate the night vision mount for the front but may just get the goggles and leave it at that. I will definately keep an eye out for more here, I have seen one other one a while back and may go check if its still there. And yes the prices seem to be affordable for now, I read on another site that they were selling for a lot more years ago and are making a comeback, might be the best time right now to look some more locally here. Paying 60 is a lot better than what I have been paying for old German WW2 helmets, they can break the bank with just one.
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