Special large-caliber sniper rifle silent 6C8 VKS / VSSK "Exhaust"
Caliber: 12,7 h54mm special SC-130
Weight: 5 lbs without the silencer and telescopic sight; 7 kg with optics and silencer
Length: 1125 mm
Store: 5 rounds detachable box mag.
12,7 h54mm special ammunition for complex VKS / VSSK "exhaust", left to right: SC-130PT, SC-130PT2, SC-130VPS
Maybe we need to think before posting in this thread.
From another member:
So consider this a warning, if you want to take a holiday from this forum, ignore this warning.This thread needs a reminder that its PHOTOS, and not soviet nostalgia and random jokes most people don't understand thread
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Now back to Russian Photos.......................
Thanks to all for the help about red stars on the beret's a few pages back.
Man..., this thread moves quick, great stuff guys!
1. Hammer&sickle are not in any regard part of any insignia, emblem or cockade of any branch of RF armed forces, services or agencies. The only exception is Aero-flot airlines (I know it's silly to write it like that but otherwise the bloody machine misinterprets r.o.f.l. as ROFL)that retained it as part of its corporate identity (and it's - of course - neither a service nor an armed branch of any kind).
Any use of it (hammer&sickle) is either irregular or historical (see below).
2. The Red Star is not (imho unfortunately) part of any official emblem, branch insignia or force emblem in the RF.
It is, however, the official recognition symbol (опознавательный знак) of Russian Air Force aircraft and helos. There were attemps in 2008 to "modernize" it and making it tri-coloured (along the colours of the national flag) but fortunately it failed utterly till now. Some Border Guards aircraft (helos) retained this tri-coloured star.
3. The Red Star is also, indirectly, present in ONE official honour/heraldic element, as it is present in the banner (NOT the flag) of the Armed Forces of the RF (see picture below).
4. A "kind of" red star is also present in the official "Banner of Victory", which is a duplicate (roughly) of the banner raised over Berlin in May 1945 and paraded in front of troops on May 9th at the Red square.
5. The official cap, beret or any kind of headgear badge for the RF armed forces and other armed branches is a black/orange oval cockade (the colors of the St. George order - and by extension - the colors of the Guard, i.e. powder and fire) with a golden star superimposed. The new-new cap badge was supposed to be the same without the star, but no one is wearing it as the order hasn't been issued till now.
Ministry of Interior (police) and some other branches wear a tri-coloured red-blue-white oval cap badge.
Navy wears a gold/silver cap bagde with a gold anchor on black background.
Joint civil servants wear a circular red-blue-white one.
Some other branches wear specialised cockades.
All other cockades and cap bagdes (including Soviet ones, i.e. red star and alike) are considered irregular and extinct.
But fact is that some branches (airborne, marine infantry, navy) still sport the good ole Sov cockade for the aforementioned branches (which, to say frankly, I don't endorse but certainly understand).
Official joint service banner (NOT flag) of RF armed forces (reverse):
Last edited by Figurant; 01-08-2010 at 10:40 PM. Reason: hotlinked image
Red star insignia is Tradition. Some military men of the Russian Army having insignia and badges of Soviet Army now... Often there are military men of Ru Air Force and Fleet. It means that they have the best combat training. It means that they Top soldiers as Soviet. Old Soviet military school.
For example the Commander of the Ru Air Forces Alexander Zelin. My Chief... Wings - "Pilot-sniper". He has Soviet wings on uniform. He has Soviet wings on peak-cap....
Last edited by Bachelor; 01-08-2010 at 06:30 PM.
This is Soviet Air Force Wings for pilots(1975-1995), not Russian Air Force:
Wings for pilots of Russian Air Force (1995-today):
Last edited by Bachelor; 01-08-2010 at 07:06 PM.