IO Inc. are importing a civilian version of Polish Kbs wz. 1996 Beryl which they call the Archer (Łucznik, as in the Łucznik Arms Factory in the city of Radom where the rifle is name, translates into English as Archer or Bowman).
While this version of the Archer has an authentic military collapsable stock, it lacks the Beryl’s unique rail system which is disappointing. Still, if you are looking for a quality 5.56x45mm AK which features a bolt hold-open, this is not a bad rifle.
From the press release …
I.O. Inc. is bringing the legendary Beryl Polish assault rifle to the United States as a civilian model for the first time. Named the “Archer,” this I.O. Inc. rifle is manufactured in Poland’s Fabryka Broni “Lucznik” – Radom plant, and prominently displays the trademark FB (Fabryka Broni) on the left side of the receiver.
Featuring an 18” hammer-forged barrel with 1:9 RH twist, the Archer tested very tight groupings at 100 yards. It weighs 7 lbs, has an overall length of 36” and is available with either a collapsible or fixed stock.
The Archer features a military finish with mil-spec receiver, tactical pistol grip and black polymer furniture. It has adjustable front and rear sights, a tactical swivel sling and can fit a full line of optional accessories such as design-specific Hi-Lux scope and original Polish military scope mount. It is also the only AK to feature a “bolt hold open” integrated into the safety lever on the right side of the receiver. Fully 922R compliant and ready for action, the Archer is an immediate favorite for fans of the AK platform.