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There is a Surprising Amount of Russian Ratnik Gear on eBay

Russia began evolving the weapons and gear their infantry were using in 2013 as part of an ongoing program known as “Ratnik” that translates as “warrior”. Gone are the days of throwing poorly trained and equipped soldiers into battle. What they are developing rivals any modern first world military force.

6B45 Ballistic Vest
6B6 Tactical Vest
6B47 Helmet
6sh117 All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment

In researching about Ratnik for a blog post I just did, I was surprised at how much gear has already found its way onto eBay. It goes to show how efficient the surplus market is I suppose plus that the program has been in effect for nearly six years at this point.

What can you find on eBay? In digging, I have found:

  • 6B38 MPL-50 Shovel
  • 6B38 60L RAID Backpack
  • 6B50 Ballistic Goggles
  • 6B51 Knee and Elbow Pads
  • 6E1 Water Filter and Pouch
  • 6E4-1 Watches
  • 6E4-2 Watches
  • 6E6 Multi tool
  • 6SH117 Tactical Vest
  • 6M2 Active Hearing Headphones
  • FSS-014 Flashlight
  • GSSH-01 Active Headphones

There are also a lot of hats, coats, uniforms, gloves and more. So, if you are wondering where you can find the modern Russian Ratnik gear, you definitely need to check out eBay and I created a live link to eBay where you can see posts that you can order:


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Russian Army Modern Ratnik Digital Flora Winter Hat

$22.00
End Date: Tuesday Oct-15-2019 9:48:45 PDT
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Russian Military GSSH-01 RATNIK Active Headphones for Shooting

$46.00
End Date: Friday Oct-11-2019 2:28:15 PDT
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Original Russian Army Military Flashlight FSS-014 Ratnik

$29.90
End Date: Friday Oct-11-2019 20:50:18 PDT
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RUSSIAN ARMY ORIGINAL WATCH " RATNIK " EXCLUSIVE GENUINE

$109.00
End Date: Monday Sep-23-2019 7:45:52 PDT
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Original Tactical Vest 6SH112 Ratnik Russian Army. Digital Flora.

$135.00
End Date: Wednesday Oct-9-2019 12:14:41 PDT
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Gen-2 VKBO/VKPO RATNIK WINTER FULL SUIT BTK Group Russian ARMY ISSUE Level 8

$174.95
End Date: Saturday Sep-28-2019 16:21:09 PDT
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Authentic Russian Army bullet-proof vest case 6b45 ratnik SIZE 3 VKBO

$165.00
End Date: Monday Oct-14-2019 12:20:16 PDT
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Russian Army Military Soldier Tactical gloves 6sh122 Ratnik Uniform VKBO

$49.99
End Date: Friday Oct-18-2019 3:08:25 PDT
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Russian Army 6sh122 Ratnik ISSUE dual-sided reversible camouflage suit Syria

$225.00
End Date: Sunday Sep-22-2019 13:09:10 PDT
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Original Russian Army Knife Multitool 6e6 Ratnik with Pouch in EMR Digital Flora

$64.00
End Date: Monday Oct-21-2019 2:10:17 PDT
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Original Russian Army water Filter RATNIK If-10 6Е1 equipment set RATNIK

$27.00
End Date: Friday Oct-18-2019 9:17:44 PDT
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RUSSIAN MODERN ARMY SLEEPING BAG "RATNIK" Original!

$112.50
End Date: Monday Oct-7-2019 4:59:03 PDT
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Cover for Russian helmet 6b47 Ratnik Tan color for Syria NEW

$50.00
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Authentic ORIGINAL RUSSIAN ARMY TACTICAL GLOVES RATNIK VKBO 6SH122

$55.00
End Date: Friday Oct-18-2019 8:55:31 PDT
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RATNIK 6E6 ORIGINAL RUSSIAN ARMY KNIFE MULTITOOL WITH POUCH EMR DIGITAL FLORA

$64.85
End Date: Friday Oct-4-2019 8:44:40 PDT
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Russian Military NF-10 Filter Part of Ratnik

$22.00
End Date: Friday Oct-11-2019 3:02:49 PDT
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Original BTK Russian Army Winter mittens RATNIK military equipment VKBO Soldier

$29.99
End Date: Sunday Sep-29-2019 6:58:36 PDT
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Russian original Ratnik watch 6e4-1 military watch VKBO, Russian army watch New

$88.50
End Date: Tuesday Oct-8-2019 10:17:51 PDT
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Original Authentic Russian Army Military Flashlight FSS-014 Ratnik VKBO

$38.00
End Date: Monday Oct-7-2019 5:01:48 PDT
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Original Russian Army Jacket Windbreaker VKPO VKBO BTK Military Digital NEW

$35.90
End Date: Monday Oct-14-2019 7:50:29 PDT
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Original Tactical Vest 6SH117 Ratnik Russian Army. Digital Flora. Full Set.

$255.00
End Date: Wednesday Oct-9-2019 11:46:49 PDT
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Russian Army Original Shovel RATNIK: 6b38 MPL-50 new generation! NEW!!!

$23.89
End Date: Wednesday Sep-25-2019 9:09:54 PDT
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Russian Army Soldier Survival WATCH RATNIK Waterproof antishock Antimagnetic

$99.99
End Date: Friday Oct-18-2019 0:31:27 PDT
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Original Russian Military Special Forces Ballistic Eyewear 6B50 GOGGLES RATNIK

$61.00
End Date: Friday Oct-11-2019 7:11:43 PDT
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Russian Army Summer Suit RATNIK VKBO in Digital Flora. BTK Group! NEW! Size 48/4

$60.00
End Date: Saturday Sep-28-2019 23:52:46 PDT
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Russian Army Ratnik Water Filter IF-10 6E1 with molle pouch EMR New

$29.90
End Date: Sunday Sep-22-2019 9:40:46 PDT
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Russian original Ratnik watch NEW MODEL 6e4-2 VKBO, Russian army watch New

$108.50
End Date: Tuesday Oct-8-2019 10:47:44 PDT
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Russian original Ratnik watch 6e4-1 military watch VKBO, Russian army watch New

$97.99
End Date: Friday Oct-18-2019 4:59:54 PDT
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Russian army Ratnik watches 6e4-2 antishock waterproof antimagnetic PATCH VELCRO

$109.50
End Date: Sunday Oct-6-2019 3:18:45 PDT
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6B50 GOGGLES RATNIK Original Russian Military Special Forces Ballistic Eyewear

$79.95
End Date: Tuesday Oct-8-2019 13:52:41 PDT
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Water filter NF-10 Russian Army Ratnik Compact Survival Individual kit new

$29.00
End Date: Wednesday Sep-25-2019 12:49:52 PDT
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NEW!!!! RATNIK Replica Russian Armor 6b45 EMR, FULL SET

$120.00
End Date: Saturday Oct-5-2019 8:17:16 PDT
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6B43 RATNIK Russian Army Body Armor Vest EMR Size 2 with Vent Pads and Kevlar

$300.00
End Date: Wednesday Oct-9-2019 14:40:22 PDT
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GSSh-01-01 6m2-1 Russian army Ratnik active headset

$100.00
End Date: Saturday Oct-12-2019 22:55:42 PDT
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Russian Army Ratnik VKBO Demi-season suit (layer 5) in Digital Flora camo. 54/5.

$100.00
End Date: Saturday Sep-28-2019 23:52:46 PDT
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6B50 Ratnik Goggles of Russian Army With Sand Molle Pouch for Syria

$89.00
End Date: Thursday Sep-26-2019 2:53:22 PDT
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RUSSIAN ARMY MULTITOOL KNIFE 6E6 Ratnik + POUCH in EMR DIGITAL FLORA ORIGINAL

$74.00
End Date: Monday Oct-14-2019 6:43:58 PDT
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Russian Army 6sh122 Ratnik ISSUE dual-sided reversible camo suit EMR

$125.00
End Date: Sunday Sep-22-2019 13:01:33 PDT
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Russian Digit Military Army Floating RAID Backpack Ratnik 50L Soldier Rucksack

$129.90
End Date: Saturday Oct-5-2019 12:03:42 PDT
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Russian Army Ratnik dual-sided reversible camouflage suit 6SH122. L/XL-5,7" New

$100.00
End Date: Tuesday Oct-1-2019 13:51:44 PDT
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Photo source: By Vitaly V. Kuzmin – http://vitalykuzmin.net/?q=node/524, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29469738


The Russian Ratnik Program – The Evolution of the Future Infantry Combat System

In past blog posts, I have featured the modernization efforts of the base Kalashnikov rifle that resulted in the 5.45×39 AK-12. What many people do not know is that this was just part of a much broader Russian program to create a future infantry combat system. The name of this program is “Ratnik” (Ратник) that translates as warrior.

While R&D started ear;lier, prototype Ratnik kits for the first generation components were delivered in 2013. Firearms, optics, communication, navigation, uniform, load bearing and body armor elements were accepted into service on October 23, 2014. Approximate 200,000 sets were delivered by September 2017, and 100% adoption is estimated in 2020 of the Ratnik-2 system. Ratnik-3 hasn’t been released yet but the suit will include a powered exoskeleton to improve strength, speed and stamina.

Overall, what you are seeing is a concerted move away from the Soviet doctrine of volumes of relative untrained and marginally equipped armed forces personnel (all branches exclude Spetsnaz) to that of a professional modern force of trained and well equipped soldiers.

Soldier with an AK-12 rifle with a blank firing adapter. He is wearing a 6B45 ballistic vest, 6sh117 lightweight individual carrying equipment, and, 6B47 helmet.

Soldier with an AK-12 rifle with a blank firing adapter. He is wearing a 6B45 ballistic vest, 6sh117 lightweight individual carrying equipment, and, 6B47 helmet. 6B50 Protective goggles, 6B51 knee and elbow pads were part of Ratnik also.
Better view of the 76B47 helpes with covers and the 6B50 eye goggles.
This is the 6B46 tactical vest
Improved communications capabilities.

The Videos

The following video is in Russian but affords the viewer a really good opportunity to see the Ratnik-1 and -2 equipment first hand.

The following is a brief video showing Russian Paratroopers doing drills in Pskov.


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Please note that any images shown were extracted from the videos and remain the property of their respective owner(s).


Russian Army Modern Ratnik Digital Flora Winter Hat

$22.00
End Date: Tuesday Oct-15-2019 9:48:45 PDT
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Russian Military GSSH-01 RATNIK Active Headphones for Shooting

$46.00
End Date: Friday Oct-11-2019 2:28:15 PDT
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Original Russian Army Military Flashlight FSS-014 Ratnik

$29.90
End Date: Friday Oct-11-2019 20:50:18 PDT
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RUSSIAN ARMY ORIGINAL WATCH " RATNIK " EXCLUSIVE GENUINE

$109.00
End Date: Monday Sep-23-2019 7:45:52 PDT
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Original Tactical Vest 6SH112 Ratnik Russian Army. Digital Flora.

$135.00
End Date: Wednesday Oct-9-2019 12:14:41 PDT
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Gen-2 VKBO/VKPO RATNIK WINTER FULL SUIT BTK Group Russian ARMY ISSUE Level 8

$174.95
End Date: Saturday Sep-28-2019 16:21:09 PDT
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Authentic Russian Army bullet-proof vest case 6b45 ratnik SIZE 3 VKBO

$165.00
End Date: Monday Oct-14-2019 12:20:16 PDT
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Russian Army Military Soldier Tactical gloves 6sh122 Ratnik Uniform VKBO

$49.99
End Date: Friday Oct-18-2019 3:08:25 PDT
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Russian Army 6sh122 Ratnik ISSUE dual-sided reversible camouflage suit Syria

$225.00
End Date: Sunday Sep-22-2019 13:09:10 PDT
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Original Russian Army Knife Multitool 6e6 Ratnik with Pouch in EMR Digital Flora

$64.00
End Date: Monday Oct-21-2019 2:10:17 PDT
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Russian Spetsnaz 2018 – Training and Combat footage

This is an interesting video that is a collection of both training and combat footage. Absolute Production assembled it with some catcy music in 2018 and I noticed the date stamp on some of the drone footage was 2015.


The video provides a good opportunity to see weapons and tactics.

Here’s the Video


Please note all images are extracted from the video and remain the property of their respective owner(s).


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Russian Spetsnaz Working Out With The PKM Machine Gun

Here you have a number of videos assembled to show a ton of shooting of the venerable 7.62x54R PKM machine gun by Spetsnaz operators.

You get to see the drills and they wrap up with some SVD and RPG action. Pretty cool.

Hand operated belt loader.

Here’s the Video


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Russian KGB FSB Spetsnaz Special Forces Alpha Group Sniper T-shirt

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Russian Military Tactical Recognition Patch Spetsnaz GRU FSB Rostov Milsim West

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Russian FSB Conducting Exercises

This Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) is focused on security within Russia. This includes counter-intelligence, border security, surveillance, organized crime, counter-terrorism and federal law violations.

In support of the FSB’s activities, it retains an estimated 4,000 special operations forces. Of course, one of the hallmarks of any special forces group is extensive training. The Grey Shop assembled the following video of publicly released footage from a variety of training exercises both land and sea based. I find the tactics and weapons of interest and most of this I have not seen before.

I’m always watching for small arms in these videos and you’ll notice there are AK rifles as well as AKS-74U, AS VAL, a Brügger &Thomet MP9, and PP-19-01 Vityaz.

Here’s The Video



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Understanding The Histories of Some of the Special Operations “Spetsnaz” groups in Russia Today

In the West, folks tend to think that Russian special operations groups, collectively termed “Spetsnaz” are one entity. In fact, there are many special operations groups in Russia both in the military as well as the police.

FTD Facts assembled a brief video focusing on a number of groups wherein he provides a historical narrative with photos as well as modern footage as well. It’s very informative if you ware wanting to understand a bit more about some of the Spetsnaz groups and how they were formed.

Here’s the Video


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Russian KGB FSB Spetsnaz Special Forces Alpha Group Sniper T-shirt

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SSO SPOSN Gorka S FSB MVD VDV Spetsnaz Alpha Russian Army

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