Russian Spetsnaz


Here’s a very mixed collection of Russian SOF units. I am by no means an expert on this subject, and I know for a fact there are some pretty knowledgeable Russian kitbashers on this site so please feel free to jump in/add on here.

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Using MP5?


Yep, MP5s, as well as HK416s, HK417s, some AR15 variants and of course, Glocks. I’m not sure why they’d choose an MP5 over a Vityaz or some other domestic 9mm AK, but it certainly makes for interesting kitbashing material.


They seem to have a tremendous amount of lattitude in what they are able to use, not uncommon to see various European firearms in use. Some of them even run fairly tricked out ARs as well. So much for sanctions.


Canuck - thank you for taking time uploading all this reference material. Its fantastic!
Cuppa tea/biscuits and more looking:eyes:


There will soon be no visual difference (except AK weapon variants and patches) between special forces around the world. :blush:


I have some pic from the Ukraine, with Russian, or pro-Russian operators carrying M4s.


No problem! I realized I have way too many saved in my personal reference collection from years of research so figured I’d share.


Some more reference materials for your use/inspiration. For a good resource google “Konstantin Lazarev”.

Some notes on creating a rough " modern Spetsnaz" kitbash:
*I’m not a Russian kit expert. Note that lots of units look similar, or have kit overlap, but certain units have distinctive looks/receive higher or lower levels of funding or kit latitude. This “guide” leans more towards my observations of recent, MC-wearing Spetsnaz types - not so much the Gorka/Altyn wearing Spetsnaz types.

  • PCs/webbing: perhaps the most common chest rig is the Tasmanian MK II chest rig in Multicam. Heavy belt kits/waist-riding webgear are popular with greenside/recce types. Modern western rigs like JPCs, AVS, etc are seen among the higher-tier units (FSB, etc), whereas some units (regional SOBR, etc) might favour domestic copies and generally cheaper/older kit. Multicam and ATACS are popular colours/schemes.

  • Pouches/load carriage: one sure-fire way to distinguish Spetsnaz from Western SOF are their pouches. Many pouches seen are knock-offs of Western brands, or cheaper airsoft-looking pouches like those from Condor. HSGI Tacos are extremely common as they accommodate AK mags. Overall Russians seem less concerned with colour/scheme and so many different patterns of pouches may be used.

I can’t speak so much for weapons or uniforms. Hopefully the pics speak for themselves.


Just nit-picking, but that operator posing with the sword…
Just jacking around, I’m guessing, but he’s got the edge oriented the wrong way.

OK…we return to regular programming.

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