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Cool New Soviet KGB Vodka Flasks – Awesome Conversation Starters

So I was surfing one day and stumbled across these cool souvenir personal liquor flasks from Russia that hark back to the Soviet era.  They looked really cool in the photos and were brand new so I figured why not get one and check it out.  Thus, out came the credit card and I got one from worldgifts1 on eBay.  I should point out that a number of vendors are selling these and they all look the same.

The below are photos of my exact flask.  I actually bought two – one for myself and one for my buddy Scott.  They really are nicely done – the chrome plate is good and what really caught my eye is the coat of arms – the CCCP is the abbreviation of the Cyrllic words “Союз Советских Социалистических Республик” that translate as the Union of Soviety Socialist Republics.  The КГБ is the Cyrllic abbreviation for Комите́т госуда́рственной безопа́сности which translates as the Committee for State Security, which we better know as the KGB.

I bought this strictly as a novelty plus as a place to keep either vodka or, gasp, my beloved tequila.  I think I am in big trouble for the tequila comment 🙂  It’s definitely a cool conversation starter and you could put whatever drink you want in there of course.

At any rate, it arrived as you see above and is water tight.  I sloshed some soapy water around inside, rinsed it out several times and then let it dry and it was good to go.

In my opinion it is a good deal – sure you can get cheaper generic flasks but they scream “boozer” vs. being a conversation starter.  I’d recommend these and they do make flasks with other insignia too – I opted for the KGB one due to growing up during the Cold War and tons of spy movies.

World Gifts is not the only seller and while I suspect they are all being made at the factory, I can’t speak to the quality of other sellers’ products.  Below are flasks from eBay including stuff from a number of sellers and at the bottom I have a link to the KGB Flask as sold by World Gifts on Amazon.

8 oz. Stainless Hip Flask Canteen w/ Russian Soviet Military Badge KGB CCCP USSR

$19.79
End Date: Tuesday Jul-31-2018 14:41:50 PDT
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Russian Letter Pattern 9OZ Stainless Steel Hip Flask

$8.99
End Date: Friday Aug-17-2018 23:40:41 PDT
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8oz Portable Stainless Steel Hip Flask Russian National Emblem Pattern

$8.99
End Date: Saturday Aug-18-2018 1:17:37 PDT
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Vintage? Russian? CCCP Flask Unused Displayed Only Estate Find

$15.00
End Date: Sunday Jul-29-2018 3:00:34 PDT
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8 oz. Stainless Hip Flask Canteen w/ Russian Soviet Military Badge KGB CCCP USSR

$19.79
End Date: Tuesday Jul-31-2018 14:55:46 PDT
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VINTAGE USSR Russian Military Stainless Flask - CCCP-

$15.00
End Date: Friday Aug-10-2018 14:03:00 PDT
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Collectible Russian CCCP Insignia Stainless Steel Flask

$12.99
End Date: Tuesday Jul-24-2018 19:00:42 PDT
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RUSSIAN CCCP VODKA WHISKEY HIP FLASK 8 OZ. STAINLESS STEEL DARK FAUX LEATHER

$7.65
End Date: Friday Aug-3-2018 5:12:16 PDT
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USSR (CCCP) Russian 1950s? Commemorative Tank/Military Flask

$14.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jul-21-2018 12:55:49 PDT
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8 oz. Stainless Hip Flask Canteen w/ Russian Soviet Military Badge KGB CCCP USSR

$19.79
End Date: Monday Jul-30-2018 15:57:48 PDT
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8 oz. Stainless Steel Alcohol and Spirits Flask Canteen w/Russian Soviet Military Army Badge KGB USSR CCCP

Made in Russia, this curved drinking flask makes a great gift. Latched screw top and decorated with 2 Soviet Era badges. Suitable for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Soviet/Russian Army/KGB souvenir – stainless steel Flask 8 oz. Military collectibles and Military Memorabilia

Features:

  • Stainless Steel Drinking flask 8 oz. for Vodka, Cognac,Whiskey, Scotch, etc.
  • 5″L x 3.75″W x 1″
  • Russian Military badges KGB
  • Faux Leather Wrap
  • Suitable for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

List Price: $21.99 USD
New From: $21.99 USD In Stock

Video: Rare Weapons of Saddam’s Iraq 1979 to 2003 by jmantime

       

I like jmantime’s videos – lots of photos, organized and set to music.  He assemble this video around the weapons found in Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s reign between 1979 and 2003.  The video ranges from Tariq handguns and Tabuk rifles all the way up through through tanks, the Babylon Gun, rocket launchers and so forth.  This video is only 14:39 video and worth the time given all that he has assembled.

I mainly focus on firearms:

  • Tariq 1, Semi-automatic pistol, 7.65x17mm
  • Tariq II, Semi-automatic pistol, 9x19mm
  • Tabuk, Assault RIfle, 7.62x39mm  [Their licensed version of the Yugo M70]
  • The Golden Tabuks they found in palaces
  • Tabuk, Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR), 7.62x39mm
  • Al-Kadesih, Semi-automatic Marksman Rifle, 7.62x54R [Their version of the Dragunov]
  • AI-Quds, Light Machine Gun, 7.62x39mm [Their licensed version of the Yugo M72B1]

From there it covers tanks, self-propelled guns and so forth.  All in all, it’s a neat video with lots of photos that jmantime collected.


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We Got Him!: A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein (Kindle Edition)

When U.S. forces exterminated Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 1, 2011, the world cheered not only the death of the 9/11 terrorist mastermind but the unmatched might, skill, and perseverance of America’s military elite. It was a brilliant example of history repeating itself in the most positive way; less than a decade earlier, the capture of Saddam Hussein, a triumph of military strategy in and of itself, opened the door for the most recent and essential victory in the War on Terror. Here is the riveting account of a grand human saga that tested every element of character and fortitude: the six-month manhunt that ended at a hole on the bank of the Tigris River, and the blow-by-blow plays of the actual raids that netted Saddam, culminating in the electrifying quote heard around the globe, “We Got Him!”

No other event in Operation Iraqi Freedom caught the attention of the world like the hunt for and capture of Saddam Hussein. Square in the middle of the search, living in Saddam’s hometown of Tikrit, were Lt. Col. Steve Russell and his men of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. Packed with rare photos and insider information, We Got Him! chronicles the day-by-day search and the successes and dead ends as regular and special-operations soldiers tore into Saddam’s social networks. This is the definitive account of this major historical event and of the sacrifice that made it happen. It also provides a rare look at the enemy side of the action. With his extensive journal notes, combat reports, and painstaking research, Steve Russell has preserved the story as only someone who lived the experience can do.

By (author): Steve Russell

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Video: Troops training with the Zastava M76 and M91 Designated Marksman Rifles (DMRs)

  

 

This video from 2016 shows US, Latvian and other troops firing the Zastava M76 and M91 rifles.  Some may call them sniper rifles but they are more DMRs to me.  It’s always interesting to see rifles in practical use and hear some of the coaching going on.  Please note that these are like giant AK rifles that are oversized to handle the larger rounds.  In contrast, the Dragunov is a different design including:  A short stroke piston that is separate from the bolt carrier, ,the bolt carrier does not have any provision for a piston so it has far less mass, the trigger is in a removable cardtridge and the operating spring is mounted in a locking dust cover.

 


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Video: Zastava Arms 160 Years Marketing Video, 2015

I like Zastava firearms – notably their rifles – M70, M72, M67, M77, and M92.  I’ve owned variants of all of those at one time or another and think highly of the designs and the quality of manufacturing.  I ran across this short 160 year commemorative video released in 2015 and thought I would share it:

 


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Video: Inside the Kalashnikov Factory: Home of the World’s Most Reliable Weapon AK-47 – In Russian With Subtitles

There are some great scenes of machinery and firearms in the Kalashnikov factory by Russian Insider.  This was released in March 2017 and is pretty cool.  You’ll also see a lot of firearms we never get to see over here.  I’m fascinated about the evolution of the Russian arms industry.  Growing up we heard about how backwards they were in terms of processes and equipment but in these videos you see a fairly modern plant with well laid out work centers, clean, a lot of CNC equipment and so forth.  If you are interested in Kalashnikov firearms and manufacturing, then you’ll want to watch this video.

 


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