Bulgarian M72 Helmet

The Bulgarian M72 helmet may be green on the outside, but believe me when I say that it is as red as can be. Each of these communist-era combat helmets is an authentic piece of Bulgarian military surplus and remains in excellent condition, ready to serve. These came to us in their original crates, so the condition on each M72 helmet is exceptional.


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The Bulgarian M72 helmet is an authentic Bulgarian military surplus item. These steel helmets were once standard-issue service helmets and were originally designed for and issued to members of the Bulgarian land forces, one of the three major service branches that make up the military of Bulgaria, officially known as the Bulgarian army. Interestingly enough, these helmets were originally designed to replace the M36 helmet, an earlier German-styled helmet. The design for the Bulgarian M72 helmet is nearly a direct copy of the Italian M33 combat helmet with only slight aesthetic differences.

  • Authentic Bulgarian Army Helmet
  • Unissued, "Near New" Condition
  • Olive Drab Steel Exterior
  • Leather Adjustable Liner 
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Review by Jerel
The helmet was in GREAT condition, looks good, no problems there. The only issue I have is that it was too small for me but it will go well in the collection. I got a size 57 because 58 is sold out
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Cool Cold War-era steel helmet in very good condition.
Review by Dave C
As people know, this is a Bulgarian steel helmet that was also exported to the Third World far and wide. The helmet is nearly new but with some scrapes and handling/stacking type marks and a lot of dust. Combines the strengths of the Italian M1933/47 "ball shape" and liner system with a touch of Warsaw Pact SSh-40 characteristics. Pig-skin liner marked with the size in cm. I got a 57, which is a bit too small for me, but nice on display. I had a Czechoslovakian field jacket and hood, so I thought I'd see if it would fit as a helmet cover. Worked great! Bulgarian helmet covers had elastic, and the Czechoslovak did not, but it didn't take long to figure where to tuck the excess material between the liner system and the helmet shell. Looks good!
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Great condition, but unusable
Review by Bnasty
The helmet appears to be unissued and looks great. There's just one problem... the liner is mounted crooked, making the chin strap unusable. At least it'll make a good display piece. Too bad I can't wear it.
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Just in Case
Review by Survivalism is Freedom
For the price, this helmet was a good deal. While not the most comfortable thing in the world, it is made out of relatively thick steel and should offer reasonable protection for a variety of uses. Don't expect it to stop a rifle round, but it could be a lifesaver.
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Excellent helmet
Review by van
Looks like it just came out of the factory brand new. Had to order a second as the first was to small, but the next door neibors's son got a new play toy and should last him for awhile. Get one now before they are all gone.
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Cool helmet collectible
Review by seth
The leather can be hit or miss but the helmet itself is generally in good shape. Mine was a bit crispy, but as a collector it's no dealbreaker!

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