Reader Retiv sent in a photo he found of a Russian soldier posing with his miscellaneous weapons and equipment. Judging by what is present, the soldier is most likely Russian special forces, or spetsnaz. Of the most note is the extremely rare and virtually never photographed 7.62×39 variant of the AN-94, equipped with an equally rare 60-round quad stack 7.62×39 magazine and underbarrel 40mm GP-30 grenade launcher.


Thanks, Retiv!


  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Aw, he’s headed to his first sleep over.

    • Guest

      If I had to pack like that to go to a sleep over, I think I’d go to a whole lot more of them….

    • derpmaster

      Yep. I hear that Donetsk is lovely for backpacking and camping this time of year.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Probably needs the RPG-7 for the Pinewood Derby at the Jamboree.

        • hikerguy

          Probably for rabbit hunting. They’re tough over there. Kind of like the killer rabbit beast in Monty Python’s “In Search of the Holy Grail”.

          • Bobing

            I hear Ukrainian squash are maneaters, and that he’s probably well equipped to defend himself from them now.

      • lapkonium

        Indeed, except the photo appears to be from the 1990s – so Chechnya more likely.

  • Zugunder

    That grenade for RPG tho… What is it?

    • pbla4024

      TBG-7V Thermobaric (FAE) grenade

      • Zugunder

        Thank you. Looked up it now, nasty stuff.

  • iksnilol

    I might be a bit jealous. The rifle is nice and all but I have always wanted quad stack 7.62×39 mags.

  • Martin Grønsdal


    • Llewellyn Franks

      I see feed lips, that aint airsoft

      • MR

        Well sure, you don’t use airsoft for the exposed mags. I’ve got plenty of real AK and Uzi mags, just lack the real AKs and Uzis to go with them. Airsoft, that fits the budget a bit better, though.

        Seriously though, looks like a propaganda or advertising photo to me.

        • MR

          Forgot to note, if it’s propaganda or an official photo, the AN-94 can’t really be considered “In the wild”, IMO.

  • anon

    Those RPK-74m’s are my fetish

  • Weaver

    Since when did they make the an94 in 7.62?!?! I’ve only heard of it being in 5.45

  • Pavel Yakovlev

    I believe this is a 5.45, not 7.62, AN-94.

  • BrandonAKsALot

    I can definitely see the Russians making a few 7.62 AN-94’s with the way they do things. It seems more likely this would be someone posing during a possible weapons testing session or something. The SVDS and AN-94 were both developed around the same time. It’s also likely they were getting ready to field this version of the RPK-74 right before it would have adopted the same folding mechanism from the SVDS. As for the quad-stack mag, I thought that was a more recent developement, but I suppose it’s possible it’s from the 90’s. The bayonet in the foreground is definitely not the recent 100-series bayonet and that coupled with the AN-94 would have me believe this was probably somewhere around 1993-94. That should put it slightly after the 74m was adopted and right before the 100 series was adopted after the failure of the AN-94. The Bakelite mags (the ones in the back look to be 7.62) also add to this in that it would have been before the ribbed poly 104 magazines came into production as well. This is all just supposition based on what I’m seeing here though.

    One another note, an AN-94 with a quad-stack? Does this guy even want to be able to fire any rounds?

  • Lance

    Think its a quad stack 5.45 mag they didn’t make 94s in 7.62mm.

  • hydepark

    I want all those things…

  • USMC03Vet

    Chernobyl Spetsnaz Battalion. Standard issue 4 arms to carry all those weapons.

    • lowell houser

      Spetsnaz? There are no trampolines or hatchets anywhere in the photo. I’m calling shenanigans.

  • Johannes Axner

    That looks like a promo photo for the Barmitsa (Aventail) system of equipment upgrades presented around 2000. It was supposed to be the AN-94, 6B12/6B13/6B23 body armor (6B12 in this photo), 6B7/6B28 helmet (6B7 here), 6Sh109 backpack, 6Sh92 load bearing vest, a sleeping bag system and some other small details. It all got fielded except the AN-94 pretty much, even if the VSR got replaced by Flora pretty fast, and 6B12 was widely replaced with 6B23 and 6B23-1 later, after the second Chechen war.

  • Esh325

    For some reason, I highly doubt that’s the AN-94. The picture looks to be pretty old, like from the 90’s or early 2000’s judging by the equipment.

    • Carlos V. Quevedo

      It’s an AN-94. Offset mag is an easy giveaway.

  • RICH

    The photo doesn’t show his Ford pick-up he uses to crate all of his gear around in !

  • Alex Nicolin

    The AN94 in 7.62x39mm wouldn’t make much sense, since the increased recoil would negate all benefits of the rapid two shot burst fire which is the only selling point of the gun.

  • Miffed

    How cute the little Fascist is all ready to go play war….

  • rizzza

    That doesn’t look like an AN-94 grip.

  • Brian M

    Sure doesn’t look like special forces to me. His gear is outdated — all the Russian soldiers I saw in Moscow were wearing either Flora or Digital Flora camouflage; this guy looks like he may be wearing at least 2, possibly 4 different patterns. He’s wearing what looks like KLMK for trousers, and possibly his jacket. I have no idea if his cap is KLMK, VSR, or Tigr. His vest is outfitted in what looks like VSR or Tigr. KLMK is old and seldom ever issued, and Tigr is not issue. Then there’s other such patternend kit lying around, and definitely some of it is faded VSR, which was only produced from around 1993 to 1995. It must be noted that there is absolutely no flora to be seen. Some of the weapon furniture is plum, which is older and does not match the long standard black polymer. He seems to be wearing the sapogi instead of short tactical boots, but I can’t really tell from this photograph. He also has several of the early era tangerine 74 mags. Now, interestingly, he seems to have an AK-103 and there are what I think are kevlar helmets. The rest of the gear is unremarkable. I think this guy is from some kind of backwater MVD non-Spetsnaz unit and the photo was taken within most likely the past year, owing to the presence of those particular makes of kevlar helmets.