POTD: 7.62×39 AN-94 In The Wild

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

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!

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • Rizzza Rizzza on Jul 11, 2015

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

  • Brian M Brian M on Jul 13, 2015

    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 His gear is outdated -- all the Russian soldiers I saw in Moscow were wearing either Flora or Digital Flora camouflage; this guy looks like he may be wearing at least 2, possibly 4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.