The buckle is a slightly curved rectangular plate with an embossed stamped image of a five-pointed star with the hammer and sickle on the background of the faceted sunlight coming from the center of the star.
On the reverse side of the buckle there are two steel brackets for fastening to the belt and adjustment to its length, as well as a hook (clasper) for the catching (response) part of the belt.
The five-pointed star is the emblem of the Soviet Army, an ancient symbol of protection and power.
The crossed hammer and sickle is the symbol of the unity of workers and peasants.
The five-pointed star with the hammer and sickle is the symbol of the final triumph of the ideas of communism on the five continents of the globe.
The beams of golden rays symbolize the shine of the sun of freedom and the triumph of communism.
The soldier’s leather belt with a brass buckle with a stamped large five-pointed star (for the Army and Air Force) or the Admiralty anchor (for the Navy) according to the statutes was worn over tunics, pea-jackets and overcoats.
It served both as a part of the uniform and a military equipment.
In the field, the pouches for automatic and machine gun magazines, a flask, a bayonet, a gas mask, a small entrenching shovel were attached to the belt.
In modern conditions the outfit is worn in the tactical vests, so there is no functional need for a wide waist belt anymore.
The belt remains a part of the ceremonial (full-dress) uniform.
The belt as a weapon is a traditional element of the arms of a Russian warrior for more than a thousand years.
The belt fighting techniques present in many martial arts. A belt is characterized by a small time of combat application (to unbuckle, to take the buckle with the left hand, to wrap in one turn around the right hand and to take with the right hand so that the “tail” looks forward and is pressed to the hand by the part of the belt ended with the buckle).
The closest weapon in the art of combat is the one-handed flail.
A belt with a massive buckle has the best combat performance.