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Our Bulgarian military wool overcoats date back to the 1970s and 1980s, during a time in which the totalitarian republic was still under the Soviet sphere of influence and prior to transitioning into a parliamentary democracy. They are used military surplus items, but are in surprisingly good cosmetic condition, free from rips and tears. Many even lack that oh-so-familiar musky military surplus smell. A quick dry cleaning will have many of these overcoats looking as good as the day they were manufactured. Throw it on and you’ll look as good as the rich socialites that grace your television screen.
These full-length, dark gray (almost charcoal) overcoats are constructed entirely from heavy-duty wool and are designed to provide you with warmth and comfort on even the coldest winter nights. Wool fibers are hollow and hydrophilic, meaning they easily absorb water. In fact, wool is able to hold up to one third of its weight in water. The best thing about wool is that even when it gets wet, it retains its warmth. What I’m trying to tell you is that you can count on this overcoat to keep you warm and comfortable no matter where your travels take you – especially if you find yourself in cold, rainy Seattle.
Now, let’s get into the design details. The Bulgarian military wool overcoat is a single-breasted overcoat with six buttons – each emblazoned with a five-pointed star. With a traditional collar and buttoned epaulets that feature red contrast piping, these overcoats boast a style that is second to none when it comes to military surplus. This overcoat also features two front pockets with flap closure and a buttoned lower back strap. The interior has a smooth, cotton lining sewn in that allows the overcoat to be slipped on easily. The traditional collar can be worn with a notched lapel or tucked in for a traditional collar look. They are available in small, medium and large sizes, though length may vary slightly.
Is this a military surplus overcoat? Yes, but that doesn’t mean it is not great for anyone looking for a fancy wool overcoat. Even if you aren’t an Eastern Bloc history buff, these overcoats bleed form and function. They’re perfect for formal occasions, but casual enough for a night out on the town as well.
|Manufacturer||Bulgarian Army Surplus|
These are very slim jackets and you need to be mindful of that when ordering. They aren't thick enough to be worn without layers, either - so plan to wear a sweater underneath and order a size that will accomodate for this.
When I bought this coat, the only size available was medium. I was nervous about ordering it as I am 6' 2" and 200 lbs. I usually wear an XL.
When I tried it on the length and sleeves were the perfect length but it was very tight across the shoulders and back. I took it to a seamstress and she was able to easily let it out in the back and shoulders. Now it all fits like a glove.
The coat is very heavy and warm. It was in excellent condition with all buttons. There was a slight odor that was not unpleasant. Nothing a trip to the dry cleaners won't fix.
This is an excellent coat for a good price. It will be my new dress coat for winter.
This is a nice wool coat. It has been used some, but it is in good shape. There was a tiny stain inside, but you can't see it when your wearing it!
It has a nice classy military look to it. I recommend it!
I ordered one of these coats for my Son, who loves all things Soviet/Russian & East Block -- but I should have order 2 from KeepShooting right from the start - as once I saw the coat I wanted one & could not get my size, so I bought one from some other vendor (a mistake). My Son absolutely loves this coat - very warm, comfortable, and quite fashionable at his College. His coat came brand new, in excellent condition at an excellent price. The exact same coat I ordered from another vendor was typical mil surplus, a little faded and worn, and no where near the strikingly nice/new condition of the coat from Keep shooting - which is consistent with my later orders from KeepShooting in that they always seem to have mil surp in newer condition than other vendors....
i love that surplus smell. i am 5 foot 8 and a small was a little long on me so i will be getting it hemmed to bring it up to my knees. but over all it was in great condition no rips or stains and all the buttons are still on it. the coat is very heavy so it will keep you nice and warm. and i found two steel hooks on the inside of the jacket to keep it closed along with the buttons. i love this coat i cant wait for winter to wear it out. thank you keep shooting
This is a dang nice coat! I get compliments on it almost every time I wear it. I would tell you to order a size down, though. The medium feels and looks great on me, and I normally wear a large shirt. The only negatives are that mine did have a pretty heavy "milsurp scent" about it, the wool is scratchy (only on the outside, though. It's lined with linen on the inside, which feels fine) and all but two of the buttons have popped-off of mine, due to the deterioration of the thread. This doesn't offset the fact that this coat is very stylish (albeit hard to dress up, given the very militant appearance of the cut and red piping ), sturdy, and functional.
Finally, a hint for the buyer, there are two small steel hooks that connect to similar loops to keep the breast of the jacket closed, located where you might have more buttons on a double-breasted coat. On mine, the hook was lost between the layers of fabric at first, and I had to push the hook back out from behind the outer layer for it to function. So If you can't figure out how to close it, that might be your problem, it's not broken.