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 winters!
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 MINT, brand new condition, without any mildew, stains or nasty smell that other plagues surplus Soviet items.
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 them.
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 reenactment.