posted on Feb, 4 2009 @ 08:14 PM
Wow, that's crazy, SpetsNaz is a lil more expanded then you think. First of all, you have to understand, it's a generic term for special forces, for
instance, the VFV, Counter terror teams Alfa and Vympel, and a few earlier mentioned examples in this forum, are all "SpetzNaz" The term has over
time been equated more and more, (Mostly by russian politicians intentionally) for anything out of the norm. There's also Naval SpetzNaz groups, and
other things. Uh if necessary they will carry Western weapons. More often then not, if you seem them training, your going to see them carrying
Kalishnikov or other eastern weapons. But please don't believe they won't carry American weaponry for instance, if they're going to be performing
operations, in a theatre with american troops, if it suits their needs. M16's have been being captured and sent to the soviets/russians since
Vietnam. I heard on a documentary once, that US Seals total about 2000, Per the entire Navy. So as widespread as the different SpetzNaz units are,
15000 to 30000 would be my guess. Key word here is Guess. Here's my question, I've been doing research trying to find pics of Spetsnaz, carrying
their "Kitted" Weapons. Also, A random note, During the soviet era, (And I'm sure for some time after due to reorganization, Soviet Armies, (yes
plural) were broken up into 3 kinds, A, B, C. Rather, instead of armies, let's say "Units" So, a Garrison reserve far in siberia, would probably be
a C, Equipped with outdated equipment and much poorer training. Type B, which I'd guess is the most common, Are more like your common infantry.
(Please note, since the Russians don't advertise this sort of stuff, that much, especially not in english, it's very hard to know when something is
still up to date or correct. But there is a lot more to SpetzNaz, then say, the SEALS, I hear that they originate from the Guards Minelayers units.
Bunch of food for thought, please note I've been trying to research this stuff the past week, so, Some of the sources are, or were, probably
inaccurate. But this is some of the information I've come up with. By the way the SPR, Was originally mean to be a receiver for the M4, and was later
upgraded into a Separated weapon Program. The VSS Vintorez, is most likely a Quiet special purpose support weapon. For being able to place Accurized
support fire, in a specific area without immediately giving away your location. Did you guys know a lot of the worlds sniper rifle systems, except for
anti-material rifles, Are generally built for a range of.. say, 6 to 1000M with a lot of them being closer to the 800M. The SVD for instance was
intended to increase the range of the standard squad to 600Y. A lot of the sniper systems are used at less than 400M. Anyways, I hope I didn't go too
far offtopic, and I also hope this helps anyone who was looking for anything.