Customizing an ACH Ballistic Helmet

The final product…

Check out the YouTube video I made on this helmet:

I recently purchased a used Armorsource AS-202 ballistic helmet, NIJ level IIIA rated. These helmets are typically able to withstand blast fragmentation, most pistol rounds, and has been proven to protect against rifle rounds in certain circumstances. I believe that for the prepared individual, body armor is one of the most valuable purchases one can make. You cannot put a price on your life, and a headache is much easier to deal with than a bullet to the skull in a dire circumstance. If you are concerned with the future of the world, are aware of the possibility of civil unrest, or simply want to build up your family’s resilience to endangering future possibilities, I would strongly recommend looking at armor.

Armorsource AS-202

The ACH helmet is one of the most common to find in surplus stores, internet storefronts, and from eBay merchants. A good quality American made helmet will run you between $150 to $250 on average, which is cheap when compared to the value of your life or the life of loved ones. The ACH (Advanced Combat Helmet) replaced the PASGT (Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops) helmet in the mid 2000s and was a welcome upgrade in terms of comfort and protection. The terms MICH (Modular Integrated Communications Helmet) and ACH are essentially interchangeable, think of MICH as the system, and ACH as the helmet part of the MICH system.

The helmets come in different forms. Standard cut, mid-cut, and high-cut. These different cuts open the ear area to a differing degree allowing for communications equipment to be worn in conjunction with the helmet.

The different helmet cuts available. Credit to

There is a new model now out and in service with the US military called the ECH (Enhanced Combat Helmet) which was designed as part of a program to replace helmets using ballistic fibers with helmets made with thermoplastics. The ECH uses a material called UHMWPE, the full name being (ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene.) This material is lighter than traditional ballistic fibers and offers slightly higher protection. These helmets are more expensive, but are also an excellent option for personal protection.

BE ADVISED: Do not purchase UHMWPE helmets from China, or of Chinese manufacture. They are not guaranteed to protect and you are not guaranteed that the material is actually protective, or actually real UHMWPE.

Say NO to Chinese made ballistic protection. You will put your life at risk to save a few bucks.

Customization options

For your intended usage of the helmet or your mission requirements you may want to equip it with various accessories. Some helmets come pre-drilled in the front for an NVG shroud to mount night optical devices to, some helmets come with ARC rails attached to the sides, you can also attach things like goggle strap retainers, goggle swivels, ballistic face shields, built in visors, velcro fields for attaching patches or IFF (Identify Friend or Foe) indicators among other modifications. I modified my helmet to suit my immediate environment and personal requirements.

In my helmet I wanted upgraded comfort, camouflage capability, rails to attach a light for indoor or night visibility, and to police my goggles easily with swivels that attach directly to the rails. I also wanted to paint the helmet from its standard black to a more Florida friendly color.

The first step was disassembly of the chin strap and taking the padding out, stripping the helmet down to its bare shell essentially to prepare it for painting. It will help also if you clean the surface off with a quickly evaporating cleaner, just do your research and make sure that it doesn’t react negatively to the Kevlar and resin.

Disassembly of the helmet to prepare for painting and customization.

The next step was painting which is quite easy for these helmets, grab a can of flat matte camo paint and spray away with any color you’d like. Remember, the point of camouflage is to mimic a particular environment and break up your silhouette, so keep that in mind as you spray n’ pray. Don’t forget to give it a couple of coats. Give the helmet time to get nice and dry before you begin reassembly. I purposefully gave my helmet a “splotchy” coloring – the dirtier it looks, the better for concealment. A “worn-in” look tends to give the perception of added camouflage.

You could hang the helmet to paint it in a well ventilated area, I personally just held it in one hand and sprayed with the other.

I then started to reassemble. I attached new chin strap assembly and then attached the ARC rails, as the same hardware secures both pieces. You may have to buy longer fasteners as I did, the factory screws and bushings were not long enough to mount through the thick ARC rails and the chin strap’s mounting tabs.

I then attached my flashlight mount with a Fenix LD20 light. I’ve had the light for a long time and never found a home for it, but I think it fits nicely on the helmet. I can swivel it up or down slightly to adjust where the beam falls. I can swivel it down to provide myself with light to perform tasks in low light, or swivel it up to view things at a distance. My only con here is that I wish it was red light. I may upgrade to a red light, or make a red filter for this flashlight.

Fenix LD20 flashlight attached via rail mount.

After attaching my light, I then proceeded to modify my goggles. I cut the straps, fed the straps through the goggle swivels and mounted the swivels to the ARC rail. I did a test fit and marked the position where I needed to sew the straps, and where the goggles fit the best. I took the swivels off of the helmet and did a basic (and pretty crappy) sewing job on the straps, but they survived the yank and pull tests so I am not worried about them coming loose. It’s not pretty, but it works!

Goggle swivel clip and mediocre sewing skills.

The final touch for me was adding camouflage netting to the helmet and securing it with small lengths of cord. Ideally you’d want to use paracord in a color that matches your environment. The netting really helps to break up your silhouette and as a bonus, provides you with a way to easily attach local vegetation, burlap, or other concealment materials to your helmet to further camouflage yourself. Living in Florida, I can easily grab long grass, small palmetto leaves, sticks or small limbs or other materials and conceal myself.

Using cord to attach netting to ARC rails.

I will eventually add extra netting to the front portion of the helmet, as well as upgrade the closed cell padding on the inside of the helmet to better cup my head, which will reduce the slight wiggle in fitment I currently have.

I will include here links to all of the products used to customize this particular helmet just in case you see something you may like!

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Rethinking Resistance

With all of the tension lately in the United States surrounding the fraudulent 2020 presidential election, I have been struggling internally with how to grasp the entire situation. The fact that Joe Biden has been allowed to take the helm of this nation sets a dangerous precident, one that says, simply, “Who steals, Wins!” (to borrow the format of the British SAS motto.)

It is now clearer than ever before to me that voting in this country is simply a tool of control by the corrupt deep state commanders to give the populace a false sense of choice, and to lul them into a sense of false security, believing that their voices actually matter and are actually heard, but they are not. This is unsustainable and cannot continue.

“We” (And by that I mean, the US as a whole) as a people must begin planning up a new way to revolutionize the way we manage society, the way we govern ourselves, and the way we find a stable ground between so many millions of people who either feel disenfranchised, unheard, or unlistened to. I believe the path forward from this moment is the slow and sure decentralization of our political process, our markets, and a step toward the future of a technological society where independence is placed above all else.

If people begin to start working for themselves, becoming their own investors, becoming their own teachers, becoming their own security and so on, we begin to bleed the system dry. Ditching the confines of the United States government in order to form our own business dealings, partnerships, organizations, and contractual agreements outside of the scope of federal law. This will slowly bring about a change of things, I firmly believe. A gradual mass exodus from the government, in to the arms of self-governance. There are new technologies on the rise to facilitate these things. Municipal management and voting systems could be handled through blockchain, as well as things like currency, loaning of money, and potential lines of credit. The current problem is not one person seems to be willing to risk the loss of their life of comfort in exchange for a transitory period where things may be difficult, everyone wants things done at a hare’s pace but slow and steady wins this large scale race.

One of the major problems I see right now is no clear winner in this battle for the “best decentralized technology” as I believe everything would need a certain degree of interoperability and a set of standards. Solutions must be thought up, invented, and tested for things like courts or a judicial system in general, punishing crimes against humanity like murder or rape. The handling and proof of ownership of people’s specific assets, land, or investments. The ability for people’s work to be safeguarded from malicious intent, or to have a form of decentralized marketplace where unfair, unjust, or plain corrupt organizations or individuals could be put on blast, so to speak, as a warning to be avoided to prevent catastrophic results for the individual.

We the people can use technological advances to our advantage. Technology outpaces past iterations ever faster, and we continue to push the limits of what is possible. One of those possibilities may be to soon have complete decentralized control over our own destiny and to give our voices actual weight. This is the reason why I got in to computer science, because tech one day may return us to our true humanity, we need to rethink resistance, and finally discover what it means to truly be a free citizen.

Site Update: 1/17/2021

Hey all, Sanjuro (Richard) here. I wanted to inform anyone who is subscribed that I believe I have fixed the issue with logging in to the site. Now WordPress accounts and LIZREP accounts are separated. You should be able to now login to your account, post on the forums, edit your social profile amongst other things. Please give it a shot and reach out to us at if there is any issues! We’re working to get the site fully up and running and would appreciate any notice about bugs or issues you may be having. Thanks, and have a great week!

LIZREP Update 1/14/21

Hello everyone! It’s Maddy and I wanted to give a few updates on the videos and the website.

First, we seriously appreciate the amount of interaction and views we’ve already received… We definitely didn’t expect it and it’s exactly what we were hoping for. We hope you’re all enjoying them, and soon we’ll have some people join us for livestreams and do even more with the streams/videos. We’re also trying to get on a set schedule with the streams and find more events to go to… With all of the insanity over “protests” lately, we’re not sure exactly which to go to. When we find one, we’ll let everyone know! We also set up a Gab account, and considering Parler got nuked right as we get started, Gab and Instagram are all we currently have for social media.

The videos are being transferred to Bitchute and Odysee just in case we’re removed from YT, so we’ll post links for those when it’s all backed up. Of course, with the upcoming administration (which I still personally question the validity of… Like most others lol) we’re concerned about the topics we discuss, and our opinions on them, simply not being allowed. This is exactly why we’re doing this, because the assault on free speech is an ever recurring problem for those whom desire liberty. Who knows whatll happen to it even if Trump were to stay the president, it probably will still be heavily attacked… But regardless, we are backing up the videos. Thanks to Charlie for reminding us to do that!

Onto the website… It’s in its early stages but I have so many ideas on what to do here. It frustrates me to use WordPress to create this, as it’s not exactly on par with my views with Big Tech… But we need places to be communities and there’s not much choice for new communities starting out. Use their power against them, no? I’m hoping this can be a place for social interaction and fun, but also true discussion and desire to find solutions to the problems we face as lovers of liberty. As time has gone on, the idea of our freedom being stripped away has seemed like some joke, as if it’d never actually happen… But we now all know it’s not a joke… And definitely not funny if it ever was. We have to find a way, together, with our minds and spirits, to take back what is ours: (in my opinion, given to us by a creator) our liberty. Many other people have started up new communities at this time, and we hope to be one that invites truly serious people interested in cultivating the stand against tyranny.

We are indeed going to set up a forum for everyone to chat and post memes and have fun, so that’ll be very soon. That’s the next big project for us and it’s important we get that community going.

If you’re interested (unfortunately, as a volunteer for now) in writing blogs for this website and getting your feelings heard without your speech being oppressed, please send us an email!

Thanks again everyone, and I’m looking so forward to what this might become. We don’t want LIZREP to be Maddy and Rick’s, we want it to be all of OURS. We hope everyone is doing very well and we’ll see you in the next stream!