Ok, I usually don't reveal how I do my costumes.. wait.. yeah I do. Just give me some credit, because pulling all this together was quite the headsore. And let me warn you, the MGS2 version of Snake's costume is going to make you POOR.
The rig Snake is wearing on his vest is an Advanced LBV (loadbearing vest). You can find this at Blackhawk Industries for a smoothe $170. This is as close as you'll get to the one Snake wears, and at that this is almost identical. In my opinion, nothin' else works. You can choose what color you want, although it's limited to Black, Desert Tan, and Olive Drab. Stick with Black.
The straps that go around Snake's thighs? Rappelling harness. $60.
You can use a pilot's flightsuit (it comes in said color (blue)) for the undersuit. It's not skin-tight, in fact, a little loose, but it gets the job done.
Any combat boots work, as -long as they are combat boots-.
As far as the little scrunchies that are on Snake's knees and arms go, you'll have to make your own out of some stretchy stuff. ^_^;; Don't ask me how to do this, because I wouldn't be able to tell you yet. I'm working on MGS1 Snake (from Substance), so I'll get back to you on that one.
You'll need a pistol/web belt to attach to your loadbearing vest. Get it in black, as well. $20. The rappelling harness and the holster (which I'm getting to) hook to this.
Onto the pistol holster. It's $67. It will attach to your web belt. A pistol holster without a web belt to attach to will inevitably annoy your Snake 'cause it'll drop all the way down to your knee repeatedly until you scream in anger and throw it across the room.
And now the fun part-- weapons. I use airsoft weapons for all of my Metal Gear costumes. They're expensive (generally $200-300) but they're dead on. Most cons don't let you bring anything that propels much more than a little rubber sticky dart, so be sure to leave all your pellets and batteries for your gun at home. ^.- And if necessary, leave the magazines for the gun in your loadbearing vest pouches!
(Remember. These guns CANNOT and are impossible to get to fire real, live ammunition.. they're only capable of firing plastic 6mm pellets but, are quite capable of putting someone's eye out. These are like paintball guns, only they hurt worse.)
Now, it's your choice as to which gun you wish to get.
The M4A1 Carbine -
It's $213, but that's without a battery or a charger for your battery.
The FA-MAS - http://www.wargameclub.com/pcart/sho...t_Marui%20AEGs
$176. It's kind of a cheap gun, though. Don't drop it~
Alright, now we all know that an MGS pistol isn't complete without some sort of modification. So, read on to see how pistols work out. These are airsoft guns too, so.. leave teh ammo and gas/batteries at home.
Tokyo Marui Heckler & Koch MK23 SOCOM
Wow, this is a really familiar gun. It's straight out of MGS, only it sucks in airsoft matches. But I'm the only one here that plays airsoft, so...
The gun is nice, but I have a few nags about it. The LAM on the pistol (the laser sight/light module) is EXTREMELY cheap. It's just blinking lights. It's not even the correct one from MGS1. The suppressor is dead on, but the feel of the gun just is.. eh. The gun's $117, but it comes with everything you need. I just.. don't like it.
The Beretta M9 -
Now if you care to be particularly dead on with how "realistic" the gun IS (not looks, IS), you can get a cheap spring pull-back-n'-shoot-pull-back-'n-shoot Tokyo Marui M92F, found HERE-
It's $35. Like I said, el cheapo. But, then, you must accessorize it.
The silencer adapter for the beretta-
It's $29, but you need it to attach your silencer to your barrel.
The silencer -
Any silencer will do, really. Here's your best bet as far as being price effective goes, for $45-
And, last but not least, the laser attachment.
Wow, I think this is the cheapest part of the entire gun.. cheap is good in some cases. Classic Army makes a laser attachment for the M9, and here it is- $35
Now that you've read all this, you can also get a better looking gas-powered beretta. It looks more realistic (mostly metal) but is about $100.
And, finally, the last part of the costume.
Go for the KJ Works P8, it's a variation of the USP, and it's cheap, good looking, and I -love it-. It's $80.
Now, the LAM for the USP-
You can get this from www.redwolfairsoft.com
under "accessories" then "lights" or "lasers". It's about $120 and can fit a MK23 SOCOM, too. The site's down right now but it should be up again soon. ^_^;
You know everything and more than you ever wanted to know about Solid Snake's costume from MGS2. ^_^
Now all you need is a bandanna and a cardboard box. Enjoy!