Country Rifle: Switzerland by Rainier Arms

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Switzerland, a country with gun laws that would make a lot of (but far from all) Americans jealous. What a great country to get represented by this Blitz SBR!

In summary, their gun laws can be described as less restrictive than most other European countries. On the other hand there is – to my knowledge – no $200 charge for any SBR rifles, in case you have the possibility to acquire one. The Swiss Weapons Act requires an acquisition license for handguns and a carrying license for the carrying of any permitted firearm for defensive purposes. Rifles and semiautomatic long arms that are customarily used by recreational hunters are exempt from the licensing requirement. Automatic weapons are not allowed, but Swiss militiamen may keep their issued personal weapon at home. Switzerland has a reputation for combining high levels of gun ownership with a low incidence of mass shootings, and I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of people with their semi-automatic rifles cycling to the shooting range for some practicing. (Let’s call it “Open Bicycling“) In case you’ve missed them, here goes:

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For a deeper look into the gun laws of Switzerland check out this Wikipedia link.

Regardless of gun laws, pictured below is the beautiful Biltz AR15 SBR by Falkor Defense, as presented by Rainier Arms at IWA 2016 in Germany.

The brand new Optimus PDW stock runs with a standard Bolt Carrier Group, which is good news in my point of view. Normally the stock is anodized black, but obviously in these pictures below it got the Ceracote treatment on top.

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The barrel is a 10.5″ Steel Barrel with a carbine gas system and a 1:7 twist rate, surrounded by a FALKOR “Fatty” Free-Float 11.5” MLOK Hand guard.The rail is “fat”, which is a great help when you want to accomodate a supressor underneath.

The rifle is available in both .223 and .300 Blackout. Probably 9 mm as well, which would be cool.

Below: FALKOR “Blast Cap” SBR Muzzle Break, Ceracoated by Michael from Blowndeadline Custom.

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Below: FALKOR MACH 15 Ambi-charging handle:These charging handles allow for use of either the finger and thumb grip or the palm of the hand to be used to charge the rifle on both the strong and support side.”  I have never tried this one, but the design looks nice. I want one!

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Optimus PDW Stock – I like this design, looks simple and clever but I can’t judge if it offers enough support without trying. As you can see the system only has one stabilizer rod, but there is a cheek weld for the entire length and it seems to open and close nicely in the video below.

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Ambi Everything!

Ambi Matched Billet Lower and Upper is Hard Anodized, with ambidextrous mirrored controls. Ambi Short Throw Safety Selector. Never understood why people don’t spend the extra buck to get an ambidextrous safety.

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Aimpoint Micro T-2 with a 2 MOA dot on a Fortis mount. The trigger is most likely a Geissele 3.5 lb Super Dynamic 3-Gun Trigger. QuickSnap Dust Cover – “Made in Montana”.

Note the flared magwell.

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FALKOR Defense builds their parts in Montana, where they have a 50,000 square feet factory. To my knowledge, the company was founded by a Vietnam war veteran.

The Bolt Carrier is a FALKOR Anti-Tilt Nitride.

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Above: The pistol grip is a Hogue with Rubber Overmold.

Pictures by CHummerz.


FourGuysGuns.com tested this SBR. It seems to me they enjoyed the rifle quite a lot, even without the Swiss Ceracoating…

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Falkor Defense Custom Recessed-Suppressed Tactical AR SBR/Carbine with Optimus PDW Stock. I think they ticked most of the must-have words in one sentence there.

 

B&T are from Switzerland, and I’d love to see a Ceracoted APC-9, supressed with a PDW stock. Game on?



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors.


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  • Gregory

    The rifle is absolutely ridiculous. What ever happened to keeping things simple and task specific?

    • Jambo

      I bet you must hate things like Lamborghini, then. Sometimes the purpose is to be ridiculous and eye-catching. Not every gun out there has to be a tool.

  • SwissFreek

    You guys keep calling this the “Swiss” rifle. Did Rainier arms tell you that, or was it an assumption? Looks more like Denmark to me. The cross is disproportionately thin, goes to the edge of the “flag”, and is off center since it is centered on the receiver. If you look at the rifle with the barrel pointing to the right, it’s almost dead on for the flag of Denmark. So I guess it’s Switzerland if they say it is, but that’s not what pops into my head when I see it…

    • Erik B

      It’s an assumption based on that Rainier did the rifles as a “thank you” to their customers. As there are only about 1 or 2 AR-15 competitive shooters in Denmark, we’ll it had to Switzerland.

      • Jesse Foust

        Then they made the flag graphic poorly. Which is worse?

  • thedonn007

    Is this the same company as SI-Defense?

    • sean

      it was the same company but did a name change because there is already a SI in the AR game and they got new management which will most likely kill the company.

  • 68Whiskey

    In the handful of posts I bothered reading on their site, it seemed to me that “Fourguys” were badly out of their depth.

    That, and the JJFU suppressor shilling…

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Guns and girls, sounds like a beautiful country.

    • Saxonist Sealclubber

      You have to deal with the douchebags that live there and look down their noses at you though.

  • Randomer

    If it is a Swiss flag why does the white extend all the way to the muzzle? Would be nice if it was Danish, they certainly fully committed to Helmand very early on (ie at the same time as the first British deployment) and stayed until the very end. As did Estonia to be complete.

    Secondly, Swiss firearms laws haven’t been harmonised across the rest of Europe as they aren’t in the EU which helps. (Although in some cases like France and Italy it made things less strict than was the case previously).

    • John Yossarian

      They also don’t import culturally-incompatible “refugees” (aka: low-IQ, freedom-hating, redistribution-loving scum) to pollute their voting and gene pools. It’s nice to see that some people still have a backbone, to stand up for freedom and themselves. Beyond Switzerland, as far as gun freedom goes, Central Europe is the best Europe!

      • iksnilol

        Oh, you mean it is nice that their laws are kinda racist and treat me like a legitimate war criminal?

        Yeah, f*** Switzerland. Their food isn’t even good.

        • Basstronaut

          Swiss person here. Yep, our laws are racist as f*ck and so is your comment there, John. Western europe has had someone trying to save the “gene pools” already, and need I remind you that didn’t work out too great? I wouldn’t consider myself freedom-loving if I gave as little of a sh*t about people right to religion, culture immigration and what else stuff doesn’t hurt people. I spend all of my days in Zurich, which is our largest city. And, guess what, there are foreigners and even muslims (that scares the hell out of you, eh?) Living there peacefully. Switzerland is multicultural by definition, and I for one do not think that that has ever hurt us.

        • Peter Balzer

          Iksnilol, in case you live here, youˋre free to leave if our laws and our food are not to your tastes. Just saying…

          • iksnilol

            xD

            I wanted to go to Switzerland, but the crappy nature of everything turned me off. I did like CERN though, that was a fun week.

            What I don’t like about the laws is that I am specifically barred from owning firearms yet having commited no crime. The law explicitly states that people from Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo and some other countries are barred from the right to own weapons (not only firearms).

            Check it out if you don’t believe me:

            https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classified-compilation/20081148/index.html

            (Art. 7 WG)

            Now tell me how that is justified? That’d be like barring people from Illinois from owning firearms in the rest of the US.

          • Basstronaut

            It is not justified at all. The (stupid) reasoning behind it was that a disproportional part of immigrants from those countries commited violent crime. However, laws like those do not help in any way to help those people to become constructive members of society, they just widen the gap.

          • Basstronaut

            I meant “disproportionate” of course.

          • John Yossarian

            I agree that these laws are stupid. Better to simply disallow migration or visitation of people from problem areas than to accept them and then disenfranchise them.

  • Dario B.

    let’s make some points.

    1) the rifle looks more like Denmark, at Rainier Arms they should learn flags
    2) gun law in Switzerland:
    You guys always think that everyone can get a weapon here. No! there is a strict control on who wants to buy a gun.
    No one is allowed to go around with a weapon without a license, or to go to the shooting range and back.
    3) the most important thing that no one f****** ever says!
    We have a common sense, a culture of the gun and a culture of the respect. I’m sorry to say that, everyone knows but doesn’t want to admit that in U.S.A. all of this doesn’t exist.
    So Americans please stop to blame weapons for murders but also stop to exalt gun laws here.
    I don’t want to do politics, but damn your problem is not the proliferation of weapons, but the proliferation of retarded people who can buy/find weapons.

    • TheSmellofNapalm

      Yep. It needs to be harder for the mentally unstable to purchase a firearm in this country, but as a Californian I do not support restricting the capabilities of any firearm once you have been deemed mentally sound. The NFA should be repealed immediately. Having said that, there should be more psychological evaluation for prospective gun buyers, as well as much harsher laws regarding the storing of said weapons in the home so kids can’t accidentally shoot themselves/others anymore. The amount of toddler gun discharges in this country is pathetic.

    • Jason Wolfe

      Implementing gun licenses in the USA would be a massive increase in gun control (see, Texas). Not sure how Switzerland has freer gun rules when you have licenses.

      • Aramaki

        Remember though, in Europe they have licenses for everything, not just firearms. Not to mention the fact that they hand virtually every citizen an honest to God select fire rifle shortly after their 18th birthday.

        • Thereminator

          The rifles are only select-fire while one is actively serving. After that, they’re converted to semi auto.

          Also, all semi auto rifles here require a permit, unlike what the article claims.

          • Aramaki

            Yes, but again, in Europe you need permits for everything anyway.

    • Aramaki

      The other major difference between the US and Switzerland: Switzerland doesn’t neglect the maintenance of the militia. We don’t have a militia in the US, just a full time standing army, and a part time standing army.

  • iksnilol

    That’s Denmark.

    This is why we snotty Europeans make fun of y’all. Seriously, until those flag rifles came out I thought that was only a stereotype.

  • SLi-Fox

    At first it made me cringe, but then it reminded me of something out of Borderlands.

  • Basstronaut

    Swiss person here, I just want to give a quick outline of our gunlaws.

    1. There is a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, however this (especially the bearing part) is heavily regulated by the state.

    2. For private citizens, obtaining guns (yes, handguns too) and ammunition is pretty easy, given that you can prove that you will use it for a legitimate sporting or hunting purpose and that you do not have a criminal record. The same applies to permanent residents except for those coming from certain countries (which is, in my opinion, complete Bulls*it, as it is just plain racist).

    3. SBRs and SBSs are not regulated, neither are military rifles converted to Semi-Auto only and calibers (so no need for 9×21 IMI like in Italy. Bolt action hunting-rifles do not require a license, meaning that you can buy one and use it for hunting if you have a hunting license and report the acquisition of the weapon to the government. The same rules apply for specific animal-disposition weapons that people who raise their own rabbits (for example) use, and to small bolt-action sporting rifles like .22s. We do however have so-called forbidden weapons and weapon accessories like thermal- and laser sights, suppressors, explosive weapons, fully automatic guns and, sadly, suppressors. Some of those, like Full-Auto guns and suppressors can be acquired with a special permit, but they may only be shot at special ranges, plus you need to pay a fee per range trip with one of those, basically making them attractive for collectors. Service members may keep their weapons at home, however with the changed regulations they are not issued ammo anymore. To obtain ammo for their service weapons, they will have to obtain the same license that they’d need to buy the gun in the first place.

    4. Weapon carry is much more heavily regulated, as you have to prove a need for the carrying of a lethal weapon, basically meaning that you’re only allowed to carry a gun if you a) work private security somewhere or b) have received death threats or work in a very hazardous environment. There are very few carry licenses issued and they are weapon-specific (so a carry license only enables you to carry the gun you registered for use with the license). However you may carry the gun openly or concealed.

    5. Carrying an unloaded gun from and to a sporting event, a military event or hunting is allowed (as long as you don’t threaten anyone in any way).

    Hope that clears things up,

    Bass

    • Basstronaut

      Small addition: Almost every village here has a shooting range (300m), as this is the military qualifying range and many households have service weapons at home. The other popular discipline are the ISSF/Olympic ones, so 10m air-rifle and pistol, 50m .22 as well as 25m Pistol (also the military qualifying distance for officers and rear-echelon soldiers). IIRC, there are IPSC ranges out here, but they’re not as big of a thing as on the other side of the Atlantic ocean :P.

    • Peter Balzer

      Basstronaut, another Swiss shooter here: re your 3.), you are free to shoot suppressors, once you legally own them.

    • Thereminator

      The ban on gun ownership for people from certain countries is based on the assumption that these people might buy guns in Switzerland to supply them to insurgents fighting in a civil war in their home countries. The list is somewhat outdated though.
      As for buying ammo: To do so in a gun shop, you need to show either an extract from your police records (can be ordered at the local post office, valid 3 months) or just show a gun acquisition permit (empty or filled out, valid 2 years). Usually, you only need to do this the first time you buy ammo at a gun shop, they can just look you up in their system for later purchases.

    • John Yossarian

      4. Would a Swiss person be able to write their own death threat? Or maybe trade death threats with a friend who also wants to carry?

  • Peter Balzer

    Lazy Reader: handguns are NOT tightly restricted. And you can buy ammo as long as you have a clean criminal record. The rest is pretty much correct

  • Thereminator

    The reason you always see SG550s in these pictures is because it is the current service rifle of the Swiss Army, and if you serve you need to go out and shoot the mandatory every year for a couple years. Officers can qualify with both the rifle and pistol (P220) or just the pistol, if I remember correctly. Also, pistols are much smaller and usually carried in a backpack or pistol case. Pistols are actually exactly as restricted as SG550s/rifles in that you can buy them with a normal acquisition permit.
    And you can buy ammo whether you own a gun that fires that particular cartridge or not.

  • Mazryonh

    How long have flags painted along a gun’s entire body been around? Are those widely commercially available now?

  • Guys drop the race talk and politics——- Last I checked it has nothing to do with the AR15 topic.

    • John Yossarian

      Aye aye

  • spike1984

    Switzerland developed its assault rifles based on the AR-15 platform (5.56x45NATO) through a line called the SG-550 Commando and developed an AR-15-frame rifle called the M400 (two zeroes were added to avoid a lawsuit from Bushmaster over use of the M4 name for AR-pattern assault rifles made in other nations like Germany, France, and Switzerland).