When I ordered my helmet on the 13th of July, I got my helmet in 5 days which is on the 18th. When I opened the package, I discovered that I did NOT get a Czech M52 helmet, I got a POLISH helmet from the COLD WAR! Even though I did not get exactly what I ordered, I got a high quality helmet for a very good price. The shell of my helmet had some minorscratches and paint chips but on the inside the liner was nearly new. Despite the liner being in very good condition, the chi straps were in slightly bad condition. All of the metal rings and buckle was pretty corroded and the leather was very stiff but, if you get chrome polish for the metal and baseball glove conditioner it will make the leather softer and the metal shinier. Overall, what I got was a very decent helmet. If you look at the attached photos of my helmet, this is what you will be buying.
I'm giving 3 stars for 2 reasons: 1) When I received mine, it was dirty like you cannot believe. 2mm thick layer of dust on the chin strap, a bit of caked on orange stuff on the side (possibly rust from another helmet) and dirt everywhere else. After going ham with Clorox wipes, the helmet wasn't too bad. There were a bunch of scratches on the paint, but nothing that would make it nonfunctional. Still wish the seller would clean this thing. 2) It's not a Czech M52. It's actually a Polish wz.67/75, RIP. This shouldn't be an issue for most of us, who just want a $20 milsurp helmet, but for guys who want a legit M52, this isn't it.
This is a great helment, I've heard other people say they recived Polish helments. Mine looks like a Czech m51 helment. It was covered in scratches and two dents in the top, I wish I knew how they got there. I actually prefer the helmet this way other than a perfectly clean one. The chin strap looked much more worn than the leather on the inside. It had a few czech and polish names and the name of a city in poland written on the leather. It was worth the price and came a few days early.
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