Polish Army to Purchase First MSBS Rifles This Week

The Polish government is expected to have signed a contract Wednesday for the first MSBS rifles, specifically for the MSBS-R variant, which will replace the venerable Russian SKS rifle in ceremonial/guard units. The MSBS-R will be the first indigenous design to be adopted by the Polish honor guards ever, and if adopted by the regular Army, and, if adopted for general issue, the first in the Polish general army, as well. From Altair.com:

The Polish Army has decided to first purchase a new arms down by Radom Weapon Factory. March 23 at the Archer agreement will be signed with the Armament Inspectorate for the supply of a lot more than a hundred parade 5.56-mm rifles MSBS-5.56 in a variety MSBS-R representative for the company subordinate to the Warsaw Garrison Command. Thanks to this new structure will be shooting for the first time shown to foreign delegations during scheduled for 8-9 July 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw.

The signing of the agreement is an important event. For the first time in the history of the Polish Army honor guard he will have a Polish weapon, which in a short time has also hit the regular armed units of the Land Forces ( MSBS-5.56 with Titan or without , 2016-01-30). The ceremony in Radom will be attended by representatives of the National Security Office, Ministry of Defence, the Polish Group Armament and Military Technical Academy.

The MSBS-R differs from the standard model in having a fixed, non-adjustable stock, longer barrel, and a blind muzzle, and is designed for shooting blanks only. The bayonet, too, differs from the regular version, with a chromed blade, and a special, low-profile latch to prevent the bayonet from coming off during maneuvers. Otherwise, the MSBS-R is fully compatible with the other models in the series, and MSBS-R ceremonial rifles can be quickly converted to combat-capable status.

The Polish Army is expected to buy more than a hundred MSBS-Rs as part of the initial contract.

The combat-ready MSBS rifle has been fast-tracked as well, and while the standards it needs to pass have not been changed, the Polish government has agreed to procure it ahead of the comprehensive infantry overhaul program, called “Titan”.


Thanks to Daniel for the tip!

Nathaniel F

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  • UKShuggy

    Isn’t it a bit odd to have a non-functioning weapon? In the UK the Guards are always fully ready and prepared to protect the Queen and the rest of the Royal household.

    • Blake

      I guess that’s what the bayonet’s for…

    • Chris22lr

      Honor Guard in Poland doesn’t protect any government facilities – this is a task of Government Protection Bureau. And other army units when it comes to military objects. Honor Guard role is only ceremonial. You won’t see them actually guarding anything apart from the Unknown Soldier Memorial.
      (Allright, Honor Guard is also present near the entrance to the Presidential Palace, but whole building is under protection of GPB. And president seem to reside more often in Belweder palace)

      During a mobilisation (i.e. war), Honor Guard ditches their fancy SKS rifles and uniforms, and uses standard army equipment. It is speculated that when live-fire MSBS will pass army trials, Home Guard will replace their AKMSes and Beryls with combat-capable MSBS uppers (that was original plan before MSBS program lagged behind).

      • UKShuggy

        Well, Buckingham Palace is guarded by armed police too. But I can just imagine the reaction of the Guards if it was suggested that they only carry blank firing weapons. I gather that they _really_ have the capability to protect against almost any threat.

    • Greg Kelemen

      Go on guv Stick’im! Stick’im..!!!

    • All the Raindrops

      Is that a 22lr magazine?

      • Trey

        nope its his Cuff, the weapon is a Bull Pup and the mag is hidden by his right arm.

    • Tom

      I believe that many US honour guard (or Honor for that particular nation with the distinction of having a flag on the moon) use weapons which are incapable of live firing so its not that unusual and possible a benefit as it completely eliminates the chance of an unfortunate accident if someone mixes up the ammo.

  • ks

    the Cub Scout salute is cute…

    • JumpIf NotZero

      It is… But those uniforms… They just remind me of something very not-Poland.

      • kzrkp

        oh knock it off Hollywood. it looks like a hundred other 19th/20th century greatcoat uniforms. cap looks French kepi like.

    • Phil Hsueh

      You know, I think that this is the first time that I’ve seen a military use anything but variation on the US or UK style salute. The Polish salute makes me think of a British Boy Scout, 2 fingers in the Boy Scout manner, but palms out in the British manner.

      • El Duderino

        I’m diggin’ the no-shaving chit on Mr. Salute there.

      • tsubabaka

        We (french) use a full palm salute

      • fpl

        I’m sorry for my English.

        The Polish army there are several ways of donating honors. The first is just such a salute. But only in the case when a soldier has a headdress of eagle. According to the regulations must shoulder together with the body to create a right angle. Fingers must touch the edge of headgear. The second way is the so-called “czołem”. As a rule, when a soldier no headgear. This involves skinieniu head and saying “czołem”. Depending
        on the situation and on who to whom the returns are added for example.
        “Forehead sir,” in case the returns to a lower degree to a senior. The commander turned to his subordinates also uses the word forehead by saying the soldiers. Then there nods. Pozdrwianie the word “forehead” is derived even from the Middle Ages.

        As for the same uniforms. They are ugly. Derived from the uniforms modeled on British and Soviet uniforms from the Second World War. Before the war, our military had a really nice uniforms. There is, however, will change uniforms for Battalion representative. Branches representative regiments used to wear uniforms Polish army.

        Before the war we had two branches fulfilling representative functions. Castle Hill Companies corresponding równierz for the safety of the president and battalion Capital. Capital battalion was created for propaganda purposes. It consisted of exemplary soldiers from the province. Often when the Company castle had other tasks replaced it in the functions of representation.

  • Vitor Roma

    Yay. Glad to see that a such well thought rifle is going foward.

  • borekfk

    Nice uniforms.

  • I want one of those hats.

  • John

    Pretty cool. Thanks for the link!

  • Qba

    Lol, the price was 2750 $ per one rifle.

    • Likely because it’s a new rifle in only limited production.

    • odrzut

      When you produce only 100 guns it’s bound to be pricey per one rifle. When they start mass producing them for regular soldiers it should be much cheaper.

  • Qba

    In price 1000 $ per pistol ?

  • zippiest

    And here I thought the polacks only had shoe strings, bubble gum and stones as weapons. Who knew?

  • Jonathan Ferguson

    They are real L85A2s, but are only loaded when required.

  • UKShuggy

    Yes, as Jonathan says, they are fully functioning L85A2s. Despite the iconic appearance of the British ceremonial troops, their primary function is to guard the Royal household, not just to look smart for tourists. As for salutes during funerals, the Army use standard rifles without blank firing attachments, i.e. manually charged after each shot.

  • rare slav pepe

    msbs like the acr before it, is just a waste of money, realistically what can it do the a beryl can’t