I know theres another Russian load out thread down bellow but I thought I would start a whole new one about mine.
No, I'm not doing Spetsnaz, I want a Gorka load out. The uniform is pretty straight forward and easy to find. But the question is the rest of the gear. Does anyone know of a good website that tells what gear and weapons they had during what year? Looking for a somewhat modern load out. Nothing heavy like my 'Multicam' load out. No plate carrier for this one. Light weight chest rig set up I can run fast in and not over heat easy during those super hot games in the summer.
I found a really nice AK Smiersh rig but it's sold out as of right now on frontowiec. I want something that can hold a few AK mags or have something that I can change pouches for SVD mags pretty easy.
I'm not that much of an expert on Russian gear so maybe you guys can help me out.
There are various multipage threads about specific years, brands (various gorka manufacturers), conflicts, etc., but you just have to search a little. Look at the pictures of folks in their gear thread specifically, see if you like someone's gorka set look, and then see whether or not they wrote a kitlist or answered questions about their picture in the comments thread.
As for rigs, well, Smersh or Partizan rigs are the norm for most folks, due to the ability to change pouches to match the situation, but honestly, you can still find examples of Soviet era SVD mag pouches being worn on the belt or attached in some way to an armored vest. You also have the iconic images from Beslan that showed various SPLAV chest rigs/vests being used. These days the special forces groups that are the ones that actively wear gorka sets are constantly changing their tastes depending on group dynamics and who is willing to sponsor them.
Perhaps the most important question is, how dedicated are you to getting such gear, and what gorka are you going for. There are a variety of designs, cuts, manufacturers, etc. Most gorkas will overheat you in the summer, even say Gorka E, the most common style. The original gorka set was meant for use in the mountains, and there are models that are several inches thick for use in the harshest environments.
As for weapons, considering most folks in Michigan won't care, you just use what you got.
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