About a month ago I sat in a 40 ft. connex box room in the middle of nowhere perusing Facebook when an ad popped up as a suggestion. A catchy logo and name enticed me to click on the “shop now” button instead of look past the ad like normal. Before I knew it, I was scrolling through Hard Head Veterans (HHV) website, looking at their ballistic helmets. Being a gear queer of sorts, I am always in the market for new, bad ass gear and HHV fit that bill… even if I already had a 1000-dollar helmet sitting 3 ft. from me. HHVs price point for a fully ballistic tactical helmet with all of the bells and whistles was something that I haven’t seen. Clad in just about any TACTICAL color or hydro dipped pattern you can think of (common patterns, they are a practical company not a Halloween prop store) from Tan to AOR1 and everything in between there truly is a helmet for everyone. Military or Law Enforcement; if your job requires you to employ guns in one fashion or another your search for an affordable ballistic helmet is over.
HHV is responsible for the craftsmanship and fabrication of the NIJ Level III shell but not the accessories that enable the various uses of the helmet itself. All prior service (some still active in defense in one capacity or another) HHV’s employees know and fully appreciate what is needed on the battlefield. Side rails, shrouds, liners and padding are all sourced from companies that supply other major manufacturers within the industry.
You will find a handful of companies out there that claim to make “quality” helmets with “quality” parts, yet when you receive the product, one or both of the side rails fall off due to being glued on instead of bolted in place. [I have personally experienced this] HHV drills each helmet with the 3 hole WARCOM pattern to accommodate standard (Norotos or Wilcox) NVG shrouds. Nothing is glued on HHVs ATE helmet, everything is drilled and reinforced with high intensity epoxy to ensure shrouds, rails and hardware stay in place. The ATE helmet is virtually compatible with every other accessory on the market, should you decide that you want to replace something although the helmet is ready for combat operations as its shipped. HHV has a list of recommendations on their website if you need a point a reference.
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