Shooting The BRS-99

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I had seen the Fabryka Broni Łucznik (Radom) BRS-99 Tactical SBR on display at SHOT Show in past years, but this year was my first opportunity to actually shoot it. For those of you not familiar with it, the BRS-99 is the semi-automatic version of the Polish PM-06 submachine gun. It is an improved version of the PM-98 submachine gun, which in turn is an improvement of the PM-84, which was first adopted by the Polish military in 1984.

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The gun was easy to shoot. The relatively heavy stamped steel gun absorbs much of what little recoil the 9mm Luger/Parabellum generates. The sights, a rear aperture sight and hooded front sight are basic, but I had no trouble hitting the steel swingers.

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The forend grip is comfortable to use, the vertical Uzi-style pistol grip less so in my opinion. I had two failure to feeds when shooting this gun. I was told it needed cleaning, and given the abuse guns suffer at media day, it may indeed have needed it.

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Overall I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed shooting this gun (and how accurately I was able to shoot it). Saying that, I cannot think up a good use for a gun like this. Alex and Patrick said the same thing about the Uzi in their Five Pointless, But Fun Guns video I published yesterday. The same criticisms apply here. It would be fun at the range, but you would not want to hunt with it or use it for self defense.



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • culgi

    Balls

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  • JR

    What is that little lever above the grip on the left side?

    • Patrick R.

      Rotating dinglearm?

    • RocketScientist

      I have no idea, but purely a guess: maybe a bolt catch release?

    • sianmink

      It is the bolt release. The PM-98/BRS-99 has LRBHO like any civilized modern SMG should.

  • joe

    RE: utility, in it’s initial incarnations (PM63, -84, etc.), this is a PDW before PDWs were kewl.

  • Jeff Smith

    Granted, I’ve never had any shooting experience with either, but I will say that it has a major weight advantage over the Uzi. It’s nearly 2 1/4 pounds lighter.

    I think an argument could be made for its usefulness as a home defense weapon. It’s (reasonably) light, low recoiling, has provisions for mounting optics (not on the one pictured, but the PM-06 has a top rail), and, from a 7″ barrel, the 9mm hit +/- 1200 fps without over penetrating and has tons of really good performing rounds.

    • I might use a gun like this for home defense, but I think I would feel more comfortable with something like a full size 9mm handgun with a light. While this is certainly compact, I like that I can store a handgun in just about any nook or cranny around my bed, and if you have small children you can get one of those tiny little thumbprint safes for your handgun.
      That said if you feel more comfy with something a little larger that offers some more stability then go for it! Protecting yourself and your loved ones is serious business, and at the end of the day you need to use what is best for you.

  • VolkCNC

    I just picked one of these up, waiting for the postman to drop it off. As mentioned in the article, I also can think of no legitimate use for the firearm in my hands. It was purchased simply as a fun gun.