As noted, the Russian assault vest is an authentic paramilitary load bearing vest that is known to the Otryad Mobilniy Osobogo Naznacheniya (OMON), Russian for "Special Purpose Mobile Unit," as the M22 assault vest. But before getting to the specifics regarding the vest, I am going to take a moment to discuss OMON.
OMON is the name used to describe a system of special response units found within the Russian Politsiya, Russian for "police." The Politsiya is the central law enforcement agency found in Russia and operates under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Within the Politsiya is OMON, part of the Main Office for Special Technical Action, one of the body's many independent divisions. OMON was originally developed in 1987 as the successor to an earlier special response unit that was built to ensure that there was not a repeat of the Munich massacre at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Originally tasked with duties that were characteristic of riot police, OMON has taken on a wealth of responsibilities that more closely resemble paramilitary operations. And from what I understand, they love their M22 load bearing vests, which makes me believe that you too will love the Russian assault vest.
The Russian assault vest is an adjustable load bearing vest that is constructed from a polyester blend and offers a wealth of possible storage configurations along with a unique Russian camouflage pattern – more on that later. As noted, the front of the vest is lined with fifteen different storage compartments, though not quite as many actual pockets. For the sake of keeping this as brief as possible, I will only describe the front of one side of the vest as both sides are identical save a chest pocket on the left side. The largest pocket, which is secured via both snap fasteners and plastic buckles, opens to reveal four cells that are capable of holding one 30-round AR-15 magazine each for a total of four magazines and 120 rounds (240 rounds when both sides are considered). This compartment is located adjacent two small snap-fastened pockets and above a large Velcro® pocket. On the back of the vest, you will find three spacious pouches above the hips that are also secured via snap fasteners. The vest also features a full-length zipper and adjustable canvas straps on its sides.
You are likely to have noticed the unique camouflage pattern printed on the Russian assault vest. It is a Russian pattern that is known as Berezhka, or "birch tree" camouflage. This particular pattern is based on the earlier design known as solnechnye zaychiki, or "sunshine rays."
So when the world begins spiraling down the drain, what will you be wearing – your familiar loafers and jeans, or the Russian assault vest? For the best possible setup, you would be a fool to pass on this vest. Grab one today for $79.95.