Swedish Special Operations Task Group (SOG) units recently participated in an exercise where they defended the island of Gotland against an “adversary” (ie. Russia). The press photos published after the event have many firearm accessories pixelated out. The Swedish firearm community has no explanation why the SOG PR would have done that. Presumably they are using off the shelf illuminating modules, suppressors and scopes.

Can anyone positively identify the accessories blurred out?

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TFB contributor Erik B. thinks the SPUHR HK417 upgrade kit and Premier Reticles Heritage 3-15x50mm Tactical scope are among the blurred out accessories.

Let us know in the comments.



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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    A penis, obviously.

    • GPSrulz

      You see them everywhere too? We need to start a self-help group.

    • Yall

      A ‘penile shaped object’, swedish feminists no doubt complained this symbol of male patriarchy offended them. So they needed to cover up.

  • SnakeEater-0317

    Not pos, but, Peq 15 on the right and flashlight on the left. If I were to take a guess as to why they were pixelated; no clue. People fear the unknown.

    Screams photo shoot/ publicity stunt. Any time you have cameraman on the objective side of your hide skylining your position it’s because a) You’re not in play, b) they’re are no roll players.

  • USMC03Vet

    TBH I’m surprised the entire firearm isn’t pixelated so as to not trigger snowflakes these days.

  • Vitsaus

    I think they may have just figured out how to be the most operator. Pixelating the guy’s face is one thing, but pixelating his equipment… transcendent opsec.

  • hami

    That’s the new Swedish camouflage, not a digital effect. It’s very effective.

    • MR

      Inspired by fondness for retro 8-bit video games and Minecraft

    • Tassiebush

      Celebs often wear bathers in that pattern

  • BattleshipGrey

    Is this a farewell to M90 camo? If so, that makes me sad, yet happy as long as all the surplus comes to the US.

    • Joel. k

      Definetly not, its just SOG that doesnt use m90. And just till recently, cause this is the first time ive seen these guys in multicam. m90 is not going anywhere, its here to stay (25yrs and counting).

    • 6.5x55swedish

      No the m90 will be used for a long time forward. It is relly good but doesn’t fit very well in Gotland. SOG have the luxury of being able to choose camo for the specific area and season. The rest of the swedish armed forces will stick with m90 which works in naerly all of sweden regardless of season.

      The M4 will not be replaced by the scar just because some spec ops unit use it on some missions.

    • BattleshipGrey

      Thanks for filling me in. I really like the m90 pattern. I just wish there were more of it in the US because it would fit my locale as well. I stopped into one surplus shop in Ireland when I visited but he didn’t have any. I really don’t want to pay the premium to have it shipped from the EU.

  • Lance

    Looks like a HK 417 and the sniper doesn’t like pictures of his weapon.

  • iksnilol

    I am calling it now: In the future they will pixelate the terrain they are in as well.

  • Joel. k

    G36K’s with full spuhr upgrade and IDZ stocks, micro T1’s and probably peq15’s and some suppresor (wild guess (B&T)

  • INFI

    There it is FINALLY!! The SAS Mk5 (Swedish Assault Scribe) with tactical retention lanyard. SICK!!!!!!!

  • toms

    HK417 With Spurh or Ase Utse rails?

  • Paralus

    Unfortunately, they’ve gone and made themselves look like every other d*** Western Special Ops unit: Multicam (which stands out in that lush, green forest) and Ops Core helmets.

    Here’s a clue: Multicam doesn’t work everywhere.

    • UrumqiMoonCheese

      I think it’s an issue of getting good commercial-off-the-shelf gear in a decent-enough camo pattern. Economies of scale means you can get really good outdoor clothing in Multicam (and its derivatives) for decent prices now because companies have been making them for years. If you wanted to get the same high-end gear but made in another pattern, especially one not used by the US military and especially in a limited-run production, the per-unit cost would dramatically increase. The other option would be to use out-dated gear made in that particular pattern.

      I think for a lot of smaller militaries, let alone special operations units, it’s just more cost effective to settle on Multicam in order to get more up-to-date clothing and gear.

    • Kivaari

      I still like woodlands pattern BDUs. That works in the woods. The desert is too damn hot the and the artic too damn cold. Just buy BDUs and ignore the other places.

  • Will P.

    I can understand why they are pixelating these things, it’s not to hide the gear it’s self they just probably don’t want to advertise name brands. It’s keeps everyone happy no free advertisment for companies, and none of the contractors they use get butthurt because they arn’t using their products.

  • ChupaMe

    I pixelate every morning as soon as I get out of bed. Sometimes I have to get up in the middle of the night and pixelate. But remember, if you suddenly find yourself having to pixelate more than 2 or 3 times a night, or have trouble pixelating, see your doctor.

  • Critical Precision

    Insight RULR

  • Alex

    There is a new 3-D & DYE printer coming out in a few months that will allow you to be able to project ANY 3-d type Camo on to almost any untreated fabric. The Effects from this printer they say are fantastic in both quality,durability and resolution. You an adjust for a blurred look all they way down to a pixilated pattern.
    The Company is Digital Imaging Resources based in Europe somewhere.
    I will try to get more info and post it for all to see.

  • CavScout

    Probably either… that publication requires $$$ to display products, just like logos getting blurred in US stuff (like Nike logo even), or more than like it’s some rule against displaying firearms related anything except for military specific stuff to conform to national ‘all ages’ rules. Like how the UK bans firearm publications for certain ages, and don’t allow certain ones at all.
    Top comments are always stupid and useless here…

  • Core

    I think it’s a good practice for opsec.

  • Japanese Film Critic

    I can’t jerk to this.

  • Daniel13

    Patent infringement? If their somehow reproducing US patent or non export gear that could be a viable reason to pixelate?