“Do I need a chest rig?” You have probably asked this already yourself at some point. I did and I do “need” one. But to be honest, only in terms of weight reduction (in comparison to a plate carrier). Also for the OPFOR roles in most games it is often not allowed to use some kind of plate carrier or body armor with harness, therefore chest rigs are more suitable – and in my opinion a lot more comfortable to wear. Not to forget some other perks.
I tried for a long time to get my hands on a Lazutchik, but often you are only being offered the “M” version, if any. And to be honest, I was looking for a rare version in Flora camouflage. But I got tired of looking around and bought one on Red Alliance forums for around 90€ und great condition.
Lazutchik (лазутчик) means Scout or Spy in Russian, which depict its role pretty good, since it is a lightweight and simple chest rig, with a lot of pockets and comfortable to wear.
The main difference between the Lazutchik (left) and the Lazutchik “M” (right) are the closing mechanics for the pouches. The Lazutchik got “german style” closing loops, which are silent in use, where the “M” variant got pressure buttons with a velcostrip. Also the “M” variant does not have any MOLLE straps on the shoulder pads, but a fixed radio pouch on the left side.
Other than that, they only distinguish in pouch variation. The Lazutchik (left) got 3 AK pouch mags which can hold 6 mags, 4 grenade pouches and 2 flare/smoke pouches + 1 pouch for documents, which also can be used for some kind of ballistic protections like kevlar or even custom made plates. The “M” variant got 4 AK mag pouches that can hold 8 mags, 4 pouches for grenades, 4 pouches for VOG grenades, the mentioned radio pouch and also the document/ballistic protection pouch.
As you can see, you can take out the divider in the magazine pouches, which is fixated via 2 velcro strips. The divider is as well fitted with a sheet of abs plastic. Here you can see the thickness really good on the lower picture. Now yo may think, why should I take the divider out? Well for 2 good reasons: 1st) If you want to fit anything else in the pouch like a 0,5 L bottle of water (fits great) or anything else or 2nd) if you want to fit 3 mags of your desidere caliber in the pouch. Yes you heard right 3 mags in each pouch.
Ok Cool! Whats next?
Next up we got the grenade pouches. You have 2 on each side from the main magazine pouches, which is a total of 4 grenades you can carry with you. How ever you can fit 1x pistol magazine in each grenade pouch with ease (I used the magazine from my CZ 75 KWA GBB)
Actually this is an standard for SSO pouches and gear, but worth to mention anyways. All pouches are fitted with an extra drainage hole in the bottom, so water can flow out with ease, while using the Lazutchik in rainy condition or even when needed to take a “dive” in a river or lake. Good thinking!
One of the coolest things with the Lazutchik and Lazutchik “M” is the big document pouch in the top middle. As you can see I fitted mine with a layer of soft (female) velcro, so I can stick several badges or patches on it with ease. (I had no OD velcro left, if you wonder)
It is actually hard to get good pictures of the inside, but I think you get the point. The backside (side to the body) is thin padded and fitted with some nylon liner, like the inside of the SSO Bober backpack. The great thing about this pouch or pocket is, that it has the complete base size of the chest rig available. This means you could actually fit a custom made plate or soft armor like Kevlar inside. Maybe there are even custom made plates to buy in russia, I do not know to be honest. Also this size gives you the ability to store a lot more inside the Lazutchik. Besides a Map and maybe ID documents you could put your favorite Playboy magazine in it or slices of pizza in a plastic bag. What ever you desire and suits you best. 🙂
The shoulder straps are soft padded and comfortable to war, even fully loaded. Each shoulder strap has 4x MOLLE webbing straps sewn on it. You could fix your knife sheath, radio pouch or as I do, fit your radio PTT on it.
If you intend to fully load your Lazutchik and also want to run without it bouncing like a pair of double D sized tits in your face, you should consider attaching an additional belt on the 4 belt loops on the lower part of the Lazutchik. Please note that the belt shown is not included (and neither is any other). I bought myself an GP-2 webbing belt for using it with the Lazutchik. You could actually use any other belt if you are fancy enough. The SSO RS-31 (which for e.g. comes with the Smersh) does fit as well pretty good, but I wanted a soft belt in this case.
Actually I wanted to combine this review with another chest rig, the “infamous” Chicom, but I will dedicate it to a separate post, since this will just exaggerate this post to much. But this post will come next week – promised 🙂
The only reference picture that I found was from the movie August Eighth (Август Восьмого) from 2012, where Captain Ilya is wearing a SSO Lazutchik – If you happen to have some reference picture, do not hesitate and post them in the comments section or in our forum! thanks
(Fun fact: Captain Ilya is based on Denis Vasiliyevich Vetchinov, Major of the Russian army, killed during the South Ossetia war in 2008 and awarded the Hero of Russian Federation Medal after his death.)
12.02.2016 – by Logisticz for Gruppa L