THE South American gun expert Ronaldo Olive sent us this photo and wrote …

After entering service with Rio de Janeiro Military Police’s crack BOPE (Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais, Special Police Operations Battalion), the ArmaLite AR-10A4 7.62x51mm rifle has now been added to the inventories of other units of that organization, namely the Batalhão de Polícia de Choque (Shock Police Battalion), the Batalhão de Ação com Cães (the K-9 outfit), and the Grupamento Aeromóvel (Airmobile Group). They are fitted with EOTech sights and foldable vertical handgrip. Weapon is also used by Rio’s Civil Police CORE spec ops group.

This example was photographed on the hood of one of BOPE’s vechicles. The reverse-printed name is intended to be read from a car’s rearview mirror. Oh, well…

A very ncie gun. I have noticed that ArmaLite rifles seem quite popular in South America.


  • BattleshipGrey

    How is the magazine availability and price on these compared to the SR25 models?

    • snmp

      SR25 => Original Armalite mag

    • J.T.

      If you get an A series rifle it can use SR25 spec mags, as opposed to the proprietary M14 based mags of the B series rifles.

      • John Doe

        For what its worth, I own a B series Armalite. The “B” series magazines (M14 style) are some seriously robust mags. Prior to purchase, I had some concerns with price…..they’re worth every penny. Nothing wrong with SR25 pattern either.

  • Ronaldo Olive

    The AR-10A4 in good company in BOPE hands: the 7.62x51mm FN Minimi light machine gun. The unit’s traditional black uniform has now generally given place to this camo outfit for urban and field operations, but black remains in use by the hostage rescue teams.

    • Anonymoose

      imitation MARPAT?

    • M240 Gunner

      The FN MIMI is in 5.56. the M240 is 7.62X51… just a friendly reminder.

      • Marcus Toroian

        There is a 7.62×51 MINIMI variant. The US has limited numbers, and we call them the Mk. 48. My guess is that is why he made a distinction in the caliber.

      • FactChecker90803

        The Minimi prototype was originally 7.62mm, and was redesigned for 5.56mm. Now you have full circle. There is the USSOCOM MK 48 mod 0/1, and the Maximi 7.62mm light machine gun.

      • Dave

        The Minimi also comes in 7.62, we referred to them in the Commandoes as the Maximi.

    • Wetcoaster

      It’s always a bit eyebrow raising when police units have belt feds

      • cs

        BOPE needs this because they are in a war against druglords.

        • Wetcoaster

          I didn’t say they didn’t need it. I’m saying it raises eyebrows. At least to call them police rather than an internal militia/military like Russian Ministry of the Interior troops

          • Krogort

            Well they are military so in a way you’re right.

          • BOPE is not part of the civilian Police. These guys are MILITARY Police — think Gendarmerie.

      • claymore


        • FourString

          Yep. Beltfed vs beltfed ….yo

      • USMC03Vet

        Not really. Countries restricting and separating policing power from the military is rare. Some Western countries being the exception not the rule.

        • In the United States the only separation is between civilians (this includes Police) and the military. Mostly everywhere else in the world, Europe and South America included, Law Enforcement is a third category: not civilians, not part of the military but enjoying the privileges of the latter.

  • Lance

    Want a good 7.62mm rifle get a M-14! Many solders testify to this.

    • Vitor Roma

      Why they would get a M14 in a country where the FAL is king?

    • Anonymoose

      They’ve got buttloads of FALs already, which they’ve chopped down and Para-fied. Why switch to a rifle which only one country ever used in combat in large numbers?

      • Cynic

        B.O.P.E want to be recognisable and feared.

        • Anonymoose

          Needs moar Blue Defense ballistic masks and L85s, tho.

    • Joshua

      Hahahaha M14…and the M16 was made by Mattel.

    • DW

      Want a good laugh look at Lance posts! Many TFBers testify to this.

      • Guy

        TFB, Kitup!, etc…. Lance is the consummate basement dweller, wiping the cheetos dust off only to put the finishing touches on that shining piece of prose we call a comment.

    • Guy

      Oh shut up Lance, no grunt wants to hump around a heavy M14 all day, not to mention its action is prone to dirt ingress. You’re such a troll.

  • Esh325

    I imagine they had to pay less for the armalite compared to other AR10 type rifles.

  • Anonymoose

    Are those mid-length pencil barrels they’re rockin? Also, does KAC still make the free-floating RAS?

  • Rnasser Rnasser

    It is a proud tradition in south america to buy some of this, some of that, mix and match ’till the end of the world…

  • GerladTheMagnificent

    “A very ncie gun.”

    Ncie indeed.

  • Y K

    I have AR’s in 5,56 x 45 and 7.62 x 51; I’ll choose the ass-kicking 7.62 all day