This week saw the huge annual parade on May 8, across more than 30 Russian cities, to celebrate the end of World War II in Europe. Termed Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War rather than VE-Day in WWII, the Russians/Soviets have long gone majestic on the great celebration. After all, the country lost over 20 million during the conflict.
On display was lots of old gear.
As well as lots of new gear.
The break down in my column at Guns.com.
If you have been following along at home, you may have seen my earlier post on pro-Russian rebels (who have nothing officially to do with Moscow of course), and their right out of Sputnik armament choices.
Well here are two more, the first showing a rather halfway decent roadblock defended by a classic Tula SKS-45 rifle (although there appears to be a AK-74 in the rebel’s lap) and several (I guess they found a case that no one was keeping track of) single-use RPG-18 Mukha (Fly) anti-tank rockets, Moscow’s answer to the U.S. M72 LAWs. Then of course, in the second image, we see that, yes, Vladimir, their PTRS-41 anti-tank rifle (designed by Simonov a few years before the SKS) can still bring the heat.