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What does "Rigger Modified" mean to the modern day M-1 helmet collector, the modern day seller and what did it mean during WWII?
First off “Rigger Modified” excludes any variations of the M-1 helmet that were not actually modified by GIs in the field for the purpose of adapting the helmet for a need other than the need of the infantry soldier it was specifically designed for. This leaves two well-documented field “Rigger Modified” versions with an argument for a third.
517th PIR Airborne Modified M-1 Helmet
The 517th M-1 helmet, was the result of a specific field modification performed by “Riggers” or GIs who altered standard infantry equipment, including M-1 helmets, for use by airborne troops.
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Dennison U.S.A. 1944 Helmet Netting – “is it Live or is it Memorex”?
Within the scope of collecting the M-1 helmet and it’s accessories, there are items of myth and legend that seem to cycle in endless debate among collectors as to their authenticity. Among these items is the Dennison U.S.A. 1944 helmet net.
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