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    Trench coat "gun flap"?




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    Was wondering, what is the actual purpose of the "gun flap" on the right shoulder on some trench coat designs?
    Style only?
    Sure won't provide padding for a rifle.
    Help keep the rain out if you button the coat all the way up....covering that last button?

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    Storm (Gun) Flap – Assumed by many to be padding for a rifle butt, the “gun” flap is actually a protective flap to ensure water does not slip into the jacket as it runs down the shoulders. It effectively serves as a cap, keeping the wearer dry, assuming he has on headwear.
    http://artofmanliness.com/2010/10/20...e-trench-coat/

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    Great link. Thanks.

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    Storm (Gun) Flap – Assumed by many to be padding for a rifle butt, the “gun” flap is actually a protective flap to ensure water does not slip into the jacket as it runs down the shoulders. It effectively serves as a cap, keeping the wearer dry, assuming he has on headwear.
    That's exactly right: they're rain flaps. Who can say why everyone started calling them gun flaps? One of those strange quirks of the language (but I think we can blame a marketing person somewhere, somewhen who decided that "gun flap" sounded cooler than "rain flap"). On most modern coats they're just a style detail since most people wear synthetics and what-not when it's raining.
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