Today’s POTD is a little different. I don’t normally feature company marketing photos but today I am sharing with you the new Kalashnikov Group promotional images sent to the press. The first photos are for Kalashnikov, the sub-company of the Kalashnikov Group that is focusing on military and semi-automatic rifles. The next set of photos are for the re-branded Baikal, which focuses on hunting, especially traditional European hunting.

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  • Matt L.

    Apparently even Russian chicks dig Multicam. Gotta love the RDS with the riser on the leftmost Kalashnikov in the second picture, too.

    And I’m just not sure why the guy hunting waterfowl has a big honkin’ pair of antlers on his back…

    • Joseph A. Clark

      maybe to hang the birds from the tines?

    • Grindstone50k

      It looks cool? Because it does.

      Also, maybe he is hunting deer not birds?

      • Matt L.

        Right, sorry… I was talking about the pictures that look like they’re not in areas where you’d find a deer, and where the guy’s pose definitely implies “wingshooting.”

        Because I don’t find the photo of the dude walking around with the bolt-action rifle, for example, all that silly.

        • Grindstone50k

          You would not find deer near a source of water?

    • Squirreltakular

      Vat is dis “cheek veld” you speak ov?

    • Zachary marrs

      Vlad was never same after chernobyl

      Iz not good idea to criticize you western capitalist swine

  • Grindstone50k

    Loving the crotch shot at picture #2.

    Anyway, those Baikals look pretty neat.

  • Squirreltakular

    I’m surprised at the tons of (apparently) American gear. Aimpont, EOTech, Surefire, Peltor, Mechanix, Strike Industries… Even their goggles look like the same Smith Optics or ESS ones we get issued. Was an American company hired to make these photos or are the import/ export laws on gear like that way less strict than I imagined?

    • Tony

      Aimpoint is actually a Swedish brand. And Peltor is a Finnish one.

      • Paladin

        Peltor is owned by 3M, an American company.

    • Tzefa

      The troop in these photos is FSB TsSN “Alfa”, they usually got the best gear. And yeah, they use A LOT of Western gear.

      BTW, lots of Russian Spetsnaz are now using western gear lilke EOTech, Peltor, ESS, and etc.

    • Vadim Andreevich

      Russian special forces loves gun tuning to suit your needs and preferences. If received from the service supply, red dot sight not satisfied fighter, he just buys aimpoint/eotech/etc… (original or copy).
      Rails for AK – from russian company called Zenit.

  • USMC03Vet

    There was a terror assault in Grozny today and there is footage on the net showing Russian response. Their people weren’t dressed like those images at all.

    • andrey kireev

      The Responding units are OMON which is a more common regional unit. They are roughly equal to SWAT in US. The Guys on Picture are somewhat higher on hierarchy, they are ALFA Antiteror (Spetsnaz) who generally stationed near high population centers, and respond during national Emergencies / hostage crisises.

      • Tzefa

        I think SOBR is more like SWAT, OMON often give me the impression of riot police and old gear/weapon…..

      • USMC03Vet

        Figures. When they came in armored troop carriers and started lobbing RPGs to my civilized western mind that meant military.

        Note to self. Don’t mess with Russian swat.

        • Tzefa

          Russian style

    • Tzefa

      It’s a whole different level dude.

    • Grindstone50k

      There are tons of different Russian units that dress differently.

  • andrey kireev

    Love the fact that Hunter wears the Gorka suit… those are actually used by Spetsnaz.

    • Grindstone50k

      Probably milsurp. you can get them yourself for a couple hundred.

  • Cool pictures although im not sure that a image facelift or a rebranding can rescue Kalashnikov from its business problems.

  • CrassyKnoll

    It is easiest if you catch them while they are still in the box.

  • Grindstone50k

    127? I’ll take five. Christmas is coming.

  • SD

    Design your own accessories and equipment. Russia is no friend of the west. Hypocrites.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Interesting. Speaking of the incorporation of Western equipment and accessories in the AK platform, in the third photo from the top, there are three different types of buttstocks featured — from left to right, an American-made Magpul CTR, an Israeli-designed CAA telescopic buttstock, and an Israeli-made FAB Defense GL-Shock recoil-reducing adjustable buttstock.

    Along with the numerous other items of Western-style rifle accessories and personal gear, I get the distinct impression that Concern Kalashnikov is focusing its current, and long-term, marketing strategy on the lucrative American and European markets in spite of the existing ( and, hopefully, temporary ) ban on Russian arms imports.