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 Post subject: Original TIG Helmet (Complete)
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:51 pm 
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Here's a photo of a recent purchase. It is 100% complete TIG helmet with original German coms.))

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 Post subject: Re: Original TIG Helmet (Complete)
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:50 pm 
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Nice one!

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 Post subject: Re: Original TIG Helmet (Complete)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:51 am 
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Ohoho! You've finally made it! (USPS finally made it...(?))

How does it feel? Wink

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 Post subject: Re: Original TIG Helmet (Complete)
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:54 pm 
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Well it is lighter than the Altyn but not by a whole lot. It has a German style liner, leather net with a strange adjustable plastic band that is similar to a construction helmet. It's fairly comfortable, it's pretty even with the Altyn helmet. And the helmet is seemingly smaller in regard to the shell. Oddly enough the com cord was produced in West Germany... So that would mean these helmets were imported to the Soviet Union from, at the time, a current enemy... Kind of strange if you ask me. All in all I like it equally as well as the Altyn helmet.)


 
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 Post subject: Re: Original TIG Helmet (Complete)
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:22 am 
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Sounds quite good!

But I must say, an interesting move to import from the "enemy"... A little political sacrifice for some good equipment, maybe? I do wonder...

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 Post subject: Re: Original TIG Helmet (Complete)
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:06 pm 
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Well surprisingly enough there were two types imported; Altyn and TIG.

TIG came from West Germany, (presumably due to the com cord), and Altyn and other TIG helmets came from TIG of Switzerland and Ulbrechts of Austria. Both were modified by KGB technicians in Russia later on to include better liners, coms, and overall reliability and strength by backing with aramid fabric and increasing the thickness of the steel.

So it is difficult to say if maybe the helmets were produced in Switzerland and Austria while some of the communication prototypes came from the enemies of West German producers? It's very interesting topic...


 
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 Post subject: Re: Original TIG Helmet (Complete)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:03 am 
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I see the point of importing from Switzerland, and maybe even Österreich, oh Austria, sorry, but... West Germany...

Typical that the later helmet were modified into "Russian/Soviet made ones", so they had something to defend themselves with, if anyone asked exactly the question "Why import from the enemy".

It might be, as you said, that the Soviets bought this off Austria and Switzerland, got a good deal, and wasn't aware of the fact that the coms came from West Germany?

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 Post subject: Re: Original TIG Helmet (Complete)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:28 am 
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Doubtful since it says 'W. Germany,' on the PTT button, haha.

My guess is TIG in W. Germany manufactured the coms/com cord, and exported to TIG in Switzerland. But the topic will always be up for debate sadly. :\


 
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 Post subject: Re: Original TIG Helmet (Complete)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:00 pm 
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I assume the PTT got a proper W. German feel to it then... Laughing

I believe what you just said there, might be the actual case.

Hm... What company produced the TIGs? Would there really be impossible to find out of this? Sad

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 Post subject: Re: Original TIG Helmet (Complete)
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:53 am 
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Actually the company that made them is called, 'TIG,' there were German and Russian body armors produced by TIG, and Ulbrichts still produces titanium helmets today like the U'S 95 helmet which can be seen in use by Ukrainian Alfa and some VV MVD and OMON troops in Russia. I think TIG went under though, something about a financial collapse. Remnants of them might be found today if you know a, 'friend of a friend,' so to speak. It'd be nice to find someone who still has connections to either corporation, then you could find original parts and such. But it's slim chance (although I've said that before in my life and got proven wrong).


 
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