Almost one month ago TFB, together with the blog Cornucopia, were the first to report that the Swedish SOG and Special Police Units were to get rifles from LWRCI.
It’s always risky to be the first, because you may be proven wrong as the story develops. It was therefore comforting to watch the latest video released a few days ago which confirms our story.
My guess at the time was that SOG already had the rifles, and that some Special Police Units were to get them during 2017. More information from various sources has confirmed this.
Source and background: Previous TFB article from November 29.
The brand new pictures below are all from the video made by Combat Camera and the Swedish Armed Forces, and the YouTube clip can be watched below. Please watch it (with subtitles), I am sure there are loads of more details to be discovered.
To the best of several people’s knowledge, the rifle is a LWRCI IC-A5 in 5,56×45 mm NATO.
IC stands for Individual Carbine, and on the magazine well you can read M6IC.
Link to LWRCI and the IC-A5 here.
Picture below: Note the bar code and the handguard, same can be seen on the manufacturer’s homepage. You can also see Magpul BUIS sights folded – mounted quite close to each other, most likely as the Picatinny might be a bit “busy” with other stuff closer to the muzzle, where one would typically mount lasers and stuff.
Magpul PMAG magazine for sure, not officially in use in Sweden.
My best guess is that the sight is an Aimpoint T2.
As can be seen briefly in the video, this certain rifle also has a flashlight mounted on the right side.
From LWRCI.com, the IC-A5. You can look for similarities all day long.
The question is which color they’re using? And why did SOG not go for black?
I’m voting for “Patriot Brown“, but could be FDE.
Below: Further pictures from the video, pixled, below. Notice the sound suppressors. I am guessing these are either Swiss B&T or more likely Finnish Ase Utra. In some part of the movie, you can see an Ase Utra BoreLok, which is a quick-attach for suppressors as well as a flash hider. Please note that B&T are not called Brugger & Thomet any longer, just B&T.
Again, my guess goes to Aimpoint Micro T2 for the sight. You can see, or at least imagine, the black mount and riser.
Bar code, handguard and stock clearly looks like LWRCI.
Another picture with the rifle hanging on a soldier’s back. PEQ 15/16s are so secret…
Below: This image needs some explaining. As far as I can see this is shooting a 40 mm grenade, hence the rifle pointing very high due to the grenade’s somewhat poor ballistics. It’s easier to see in the video.
The sight seems to have some electronics, and SOG has night capability. Any guesses? (more details in the video)
The specification from LWRCI IC-A5 reads:
- CALIBER: 5.56 NATO
- BARREL: 14.7″ (37.3cm) | 16.1″ (40.9cm)
- WEIGHT: 7.0 lbs (3.22kg) | 7.3 lbs (3.31kg)
- LENGTH: 32-35.25″ (81.3-89.5cm)
- MUZZLE THREADS: 1/2×28 TPI
- RIFLING: 1:7” RH
The rifle most likely has the spiral-fluted barrel, which saves 20% in weight and gives more surface for cooling.
Below: 2:05 into the video. LWRCI to the left and note the bar code inside the right soldier’s pistol grip.
Note tourniquet on the right soldier’s chest. Casio G-Shocks on several hands.
Below: Not sure here, but the stock and possibly the pistol grip appears a little different than the IC-A5.
Below: Fully automatic FN Minimi in 7,62×51 mm NATO.
Below: Link to SOG recruiting page.
The Aimpoint Micros are clearly visible on that page, with HK G36 most likely with some upgrades, check the magwell for M4/M16 for instance. The multi-cam uniform is not Sweden’s official. (M90)
Finally, the video. Go for subtitles!
What is said is that the Swedish SOG may be used far behind enemy lines, in other countries. Big news for a small peaceful country like Sweden, common for elite forces and some other nations.
No article is complete without a few “bonus” Easter eggs.
Glocks can be seen in several clips, no surprise there. It’s called Pistol 88, (year 1988), but it wouldn’t surprise me if other versions or upgrades than the normal Glock 17 are used. To be able to attach a suppressor, for instance.
At around 2:20 we see a soldier carrying some kind of “firearm”. It is speculated that it’s an American FIM-92 Stinger which is not officially in use in the Swedish Armed Forces. I don’t think it is, for many reasons (one being it doesn’t look like one), so please write your best guesses in the comments section.
0:45 into the video. This is believed to be a HK MP7, in 4,60×30 mm. What do you think? The pixelated reflection screams Aimpoint.
Carbine in the back, a LWRCI IC-A5.
Below: Reference pictures of the HK MP7, where you can hopefully draw the same conclusions as the writer?
More pictures from the Swedish SOG here.
Below: Around 03:45 into the video, from the jump sequence. NVG and mount.