Soviet Army Issue Winter Sheepskin / Cotton Mittens with
Trigger Finger, 1970s.
The inner layer is Genuine SHEEPSKIN fur; the outer layer is
black cotton, tough and sturdy but soft. Unlike the "lobster
claw" model, these mittens have a trigger finger to allow
for easy use of weapons such as AK-47. These mittens are
Extremely Warm, designed specifically for super cold Russian
The use of expensive original materials such as sheepskin
was uncommon for the Soviet military but they really spared
no cost on these mittens, clearly a necessity to avoid
having soldiers frozen to death while on guard duty or
during long freezing nights while camped out in the field.
The "breathable" sheepskin allowed good circulation within
the mitten so that the moisture wouldn't accumulate and the
hands wouldn't freeze when the temperature dropped. A really
well made piece of military gear!
The size will fit the regular to large adult man's hand:
each mitten is 12" in total length, 5 ½ - 6" across under
the thumb when laid on a flat surface.
One of the mittens in the pair has factory stamp showing a
1970s date of manufacture.
These mittens were made for the Soviet army but never
issued. Unlike many other pieces of surplus Soviet equipment
that we have encountered over the years, these were
apparently stored in safe, dry warehouse. As the result,
they are in BRAND NEW UNUSED CONDITION, with only some
light discoloration spots to the exterior from storage that
are not too detractive (visible in our enlarged photo).
Please note, our photos show an example. We have several
pairs in stock, all in the same condition as in the photos.
The shade of the fur may slightly differ, ranging from light
beige to dark brown; the outer shell is black on all of
These are both great for actual use and as a piece of Soviet
Cold War memorabilia. The design is virtually unchanged
since WW2 so they are also excellent for WW2 Red Army