90s VDV Reconnaissance 1st Chechen Era
This is the Russian VDV units at the time of the 1st Chechen war, with this era specific kit it tries to capture the essence of what a good and accurate Chechen era kit has to offer for a budget, however due to a lack of availability on the sizing's of the Uniforms it may be more difficult to get some of the 1st Chechen Era specific uniforms than the more commercially available ones. Bit of background about the war for anyone interested, During the fall of the Soviet Union, lots of former states declared independence, one of them was the Chechen region, Yeltsin was having none of it and tried to force their hand in stopping independence which led to a bloody almost 2 year war led Thousands on both sides dead, including tens of thousands of civilians.
With the base £50 starter deal we do which includes a Kosynka Medical bandana, a Striped VDV Telynashka, a 3 cell magazine pouch that holds 6 magazines and a Set of VSR-93 it is a perfect way to start of any 1st Chechen Impressions, with the extra kit we offer, you can add in extras to the base set whether you need it or not to avoid getting things in a set you don't really want.
Next what you should be concidering is a Chechenka hat, these were very commonly used throughout all units in cold weather, that being MVD, VDV or Regular army units, you could also use any old standard black beanie, as soldiers used to bring theirs along or buy some as the Logistics of the Russian military were notoriously bad in the 90s. Also if you live in regions where it is a lot colder during the winter where a summer set could not stand cold weather, you may also want to look into investing into a Winter VSR-93 kit to match it. Or do what many soldiers did during that time and before that, is wear the summer trousers and winter coats, so that your legs are less restricted when running or in combat, but you are still warm with the coat especially as you can raise the collar into a mouth protector.
For alternate uniforms you can just as easily run a KLMK Oversuit, the Burlap KZS Oversuits or a Afghanka. There were many other camouflage styles available at the time like Oreh and Kamysh variants but they were mainly issued to MVD units. Whilst people were still being issued old gear due to Russia still having a huge stockpile of old Soviet equipment, especially seeing as the Afghan war only finished 5 years before the 1st chechen war started.
For Chest rigs and Body armour you might have to look at acquiring yourself a 6b5 or 6b3, however VDV units avoided body armour a lot and just used either a RD-54 or a 6sh92 chest rig, Alongside a 3-cell magazine which is included in the base bundle for the kit, They are convinient as they got on any belt system, and a great way to store those extra magazines without having something on your chest that may be of hinderance to your mobility. If you wanted one of these items like the RD-54, 6sh92 or the body armours, do get in contact with us as we will be able to source you some if the interest is there.
Lastly boots, it really depends on if you care much about authenticity or not, if you answered no, go ahead, wear any boots you want at the end of the day no one will really say anything unless you're doing a 100% accurate loadout. If you answered Yes, then we would suggest getting some "Sapogi" (Russian Jackboots) or "Valenki" (Russian Woolen boots for winter) However for us these are on special order because they're heavy, take up a lot of space and there really is little to no demand for them as "Valenki" are only useful for winter, whilst "Sapogi" aren't too great. So if you fancy wearing down your feet for that 100% Chechen war feel get in contact with us and we can sort you some!