AUSTRIA/CZECHOSLOVAKIA

 

 

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AUSTRIA/CZECH M16

This is obviously an Austrian M16 shell, but the liner and chinstrap were a mystery. Until I asked Bob Southee, who told me -

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AUSTRIA/CZECH M16

General view of liner.

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AUSTRIA/CZECH M16 side view

- "Yes, that's definitely a between-the-wars Czech. The roundness of the rivet heads and the "pie slice" liner tongues identify it as such. The Czechs did an inordinate amount of experimenting. Those liner tongues are similar in shape (but not alternating color), to those in their M1930 which was adopted by the Spanish Republic's Ejército Popular in 1937."
Bob Southee

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Detail of the liner in the Czech refurbished Austrian shell.

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A liner shot of the Czech-refurbished Austrian shell.

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AUSTRIA/CZECH M16

front view

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Rear view, Austro-Czech weird thing. I bought it in a tiny militaria shop in Reading, UK. The dealer said it had come from the Czech republic, but he (nor I) was not able to give a precise identification. 'Probably German' was the best we came up with. What a pair of experts, eh....

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Another liner detail.

It wasn't until I came into contact with Robert Southee that I had a believeable ID on this. An unusual item. £50 well spent - one of my most expensive buys. Bought from Tony at his shop in Reading, a source of many helmets since I re-started collecting in 2000.