The Polish Army has just signed a new contract to have 26,000 Beryl rifles and Mini-Beryl Carbines produced for use. The Polish arms manufacturer Fabryka Broni “Łucznik” Radom (FB Radom), which loosely translates to “Radom Armory,” will be making these firearms.
The Beryl rifle and carbine is a variant of the AK platform. It has a lot of modern features like multiple rail facings, pistol grip, vertical grip, and a collapsible stock. This allows for customization of fit and feel for the Polish Army with varying size soldiers. The many rail facings also allows for red dots, flashlights, lasers, you name it.
Radom Armory was the first to announce this news on May 25th on their own Facebook page. The news release in Polish can be seen HERE.
Another Facebook group, “Ak Operators Union, Local 47-74,” was quick to translate the announcement on May 26th for all of our non-fluent, Polish speaking friends out there, and it can be seen HERE.
Radom Armory has been trying to get these Beryls and Mini Beryls into the United States, but with no success. With the popularity of AR-15s and AK-47s along with the Beryl’s curb appeal, they would surely sell well in the US market.
So far they have been hit with opposition from the ATF stating their firearm models are “too assault like.” I personally did not realize a qualifying mark for firearms to be imported into the US is it cannot look “too assault like,” but that is just my two cents. Hopefully the ATF can provide a less bias and more professional ruling on the firearm in the near future.