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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.
|Manufacturer||Bulgarian Army Surplus|
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.
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.
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.
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!