Beryl Rifles in Nigeria

Image from National Helm, of some troopers with Army Strike Force 72 and their new Beryl rifles (from the first shipment).

Image from National Helm, of some troopers with Army Strike Force 72 and their new Beryl rifles (from the first shipment).

Jane’s has a report out about a second batch of Beryl M762 rifles being purchased by the Nigerian Armed Forces. This isn’t the first international export of the rifle, among other countries that Beryl has sold or donated to are Afghanistan and Lithuania. This random transaction most definitely has to do with Nigerian Special Operations forces in their fight against Boko Haram, and not alot to do with their overall military of 80,000 active duty troops. The total would bring it up to 1,500 rifles, and that would make sense numbers wise to equip a battalion of troops. In addition, there really doesn’t seem a need for a short barreled rifle or carbine in the open terrain of Nigeria, another unique requirement of a Special Operations unit. And in fact, such a force already exists and has been photographed with the earlier shipment of rifles. They’re called the 72 Mobile Strike Force, and SOFREP has a pretty good collection of open source information on them.

From Jane’s-

Polish small arms manufacturer Fabryka Broni has delivered a second batch of 500 Beryl M762 assault rifles to Nigeria under a USD500,000 contract signed early this year, company sources have told IHS Jane’s .

The first batch of 1,000 Beryl M762s, spare parts, and training was delivered to Nigeria under a USD1 million contract signed in mid-2014.

This was the first ever export order for any Beryl rifle, including the M762, a 7.62×39 mm version of the Polish Army’s 5.56×45 mm Beryl M556 (wz. 96C) service rifle.

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The second batch included 10 Mini Beryl M556 carbines for test and evaluation purposes. IHS Jane’s understands the Nigerian Army is also interested in the short-barrelled version of the Beryl M762.

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What I love about this picture is that there appears to be a different variant of AK for every AK seen! The Nigerian soldier kneeling has what appears to be a Romanian SAR folder, his buddy to his left has a Chinese Type 56, and the rest of them have underfolders of some unknown country of origin.

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One of the modern day Beryls, currently in use by the Polish military, and chambered in 5.56x45mm. 



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

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  • Vitsaus

    I’m more about that captured Boko flag they are proudly displaying, like those images you see of US G.I’s holding up nazi flags after taking an enemy position.

    • iksnilol

      Isn’t that stuff almost an international tradition? Posing with the enemy flag that is.

      I always thought it was interesting and cool.

      • Grindstone50k

        Displaying a captured enemy banner goes waaaay back. Even in Roman times, when enemies captured a Legion’s Eagle, it was displayed to lower the morale of the Romans.

    • Grindstone50k

      It’s pretty awesome. Hope they continue to kick ISIS/Boko ass.

  • Lance

    Interesting that they made a 7.62mm version thought they where all 5.56mm. Nice to see older AKMs and Type 56s soldering on!

  • Jose

    If the Polish company, Radom, starts out the production of U.S. made Beryl rifles, then we should ask them to include the 7.62×39 mm version in their offerings. Start ask them now!

  • David

    Any reliable gun in a war zone. I hope the fighting ends soon.

    • MacK

      As long as they are fighting BKH and ALQ-AF; their fracking leaders wont have them abusing their citizens as much. Especially with the eyes of the US on and amongst them.

  • Y-man

    Hey guys…

    Nigerian perspective here…

    1.
    Yes, while there have been history of Armed Forces in Nigeria abusing citizens, it is not as widespread as reported.
    Unfortunately, it used to be quite prevalent in the North – East, with the
    insurgency, coupled with many troops who just got into the Army because it is
    simply a JOB, and do not have the real discipline of professional soldiers.

    We just came out of a very corrupt government, so we had officers lining their pockets and getting away with it.

    So some soldiers were not too far from an ill-disciplined rabble.

    Some of that is changing now.

    This is a nation that most fear the rotten Police, much more than the Army.

    2.
    Quite frankly, and I say this as a chronic pessimist and cynic – the tide of the fighting has definitely changed in favour of the government, especially with the renewed vigour of the anti-corruption fight of the new government. Soldiers are getting the right equipment now, they are getting their meals, things are changing.

    We are more confident now…