Russian "BTK" desert boonie hat, surplus
Today the Russian army is all fine and modern, and when you gaze upon these desert clothes, you instantly know why they drink so much. Now available a small batch of current issue Sovi-, agh, we always get it wrong, Russian stuff used today in Syria! Ugly as fuck! Wonderful!
The "BTK" series field uniform clearly has its heritage in the late Soviet era Afganka uniforms, which were actually quite modern. A part of the uniform is this boonie hat. This is hands down the ugliest motherfucking hat ever made. It looks just as horrible no matter which way you wear it. However it does the job, which is to protect the noggin from the sun. You are also supposed to pin on a clumsy metal cockade on the front too. Moreover, these are finished with a pinkish scheme not unlike a pig's skin. No wonder, this is what the Russians call the uniform - 'piggy'.
Used and rarely washed, just like Russian stuff usually is. Because of the beautiful colour, any stains or dirt show up pretty well. These are however intact. Selling these to the civilian market is of course forbidden, but for the right amount of roubles an enterprising storeman could maybe lose them.
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Military equipment is traditionally excellent stuff; it combines durability with very affordable prices. Army surplus finds its way to the civilian market in the following way: the armed forces of one country or other decides to get rid of big batches of perfectly serviceable gear due to cuts in military budgets, said gear becoming obsolete or redundant or some other similar reason. Some of this stuff then finds its way to our storehouse, sometimes directly, sometimes through a third party. Every once in a while we even get random batches of collectibles and rarities from obscure corners of the world.