Firearms at Davos summit meeting

As the World leaders at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 in Davos, Switzerland, were busy improving the state of the world there was a great opportunity for firearms paparazzis and spotters to have a look at what’s protecting the VIPs.

The featured image below is like something taken out of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, but behind the mask is most likely just another frozen serviceman.

This photo is from previous years. I think this is a stock from B&T, to accommodate for a helmet. Left firearm is a MP5 I guess due to the magazines. This stock seems to be used on some of the SIGs as well.

The Swiss Army uses SG 550, SG 552 and SG 553. Exactly what is used by the Swiss Police is a bit harder to find out, or my Google-fu is too weak.

B&T describes the stock: “Helmet Stock – This stock will enable the operator to use the firearm while properly wearing a ballistic face visor. This important safety feature is becoming more and more standard among many special teams worldwide. There have been several tragic instances where a fully protected team member has been shot in the face when the visor was in the raised position in order to properly sight the weapon. The stock works equally well with a protective mask or SCUBA gear.”

SIG and what looks like Aimpoint Micro and a magnifier. I think this is a SG 552 Commando with 226 mm (8.9″) barrel, laser designator and flashlight. If the shot is anywhere near what’s pictured, I can see better solutions but they seem to be around anyway.

Below: B&T Rotex-V sound suppressor on a SIG SG-552 Commando. Great little rifle actually, but the trigger takes a bit of getting used to.

They don’t seem to use active hearing protection.


Possibly a SIG 751 in 7,62 NATO. Scope with zoom.

SIG 751 I think, with bipod, hiding behind the “O”.


The SG751 is a gas operated weapon with rotary bolt mechanism.

Below: SG550. The handguard is a bit different from the 751, for instance.


In terms of sniper rifle, it seems the Police force went for another Swiss solution, this time from B&T.

Here you can see the B&T sniper rifle APR308 cal. .308 Win.         

Above: Note the blue Zeiss logotype.

The B&T APR is an €6900 and intended to be used by military and law enforcement professionals. It was specially designed as a sniper system not just a rifle and is ready to shoot right out of the box. The APR is available in the two most widely used and best rated sniper calibers, the .308 Win (7.62 x 51 mm) and the .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6 x 70 mm).

Picture: REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Now you know what is hiding underneath.

From the feature image. Apart from what already has been written, I bet that is a B&T vertical front grip.

From previous years. Looks like an ACOG.

Below: Not sure what this is. An old style 40 mm grenade launcher?

The extra security cost for this year’s World Economic Forum is said to cost around 9 million USD.

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. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Hans Meiser

    When I saw this in the newspapers I was astonished to see they were using Pencott Snow camo.. btw the “40mm launcher” is a converted K31 to fire tear gas and rubber bullets. You insert a blank and turn the ring to select the desired distance to target. 80-160m. The payload is inserted from the muzzle end. I think it’s a 56mm launcher.

  • A Fascist Corgi

    I’m always disgusted by the massive armies that follow these elites. Especially since most of them want to disarm the common man.

    • vbn

      Me too,many armed good boys protecting few antidemocratic power.

    • Dario B.

      yes but when something bad happens people like you are the fist pointing out that there wasn’t enough security.

    • USMC03Vet

      Only the lords deserve protection. Serfs shall not be armed. Some things never change.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Which makes it doubly ironic that it’s happening in Switzerland, where armed citizens are integral to the national identity and it has always been a point of pride that even nobles should have actual jobs to earn their money.

        • Brandon Davis

          Yeah, armed civilians with the ammo locked up at the local shooting club or military armory. That’s a fact people seem to forget.

          • ostiariusalpha

            That is incorrect. Privately purchased ammo can be stored in the home; it’s that free ammo from the government that you can’t take home. I wish the U.S. government gave out free ammo that I could use at the range, but couldn’t take home.

          • Fabian

            When you do shooting exercices in the Swiss army, bullets are as plenty as sand in the beach and nobody checks your pockets afterward.
            The SIG is a great rifle and I miss it. I had to give it back when I moved to the US.

  • noob

    Is it just me or do all these guys have varying levels of ammo in their translucent magazines?

    or is just that much of this guy’s translucent magazine taken up by spring and follower?

    Another guy looked like his magazine was all spring and no brass, and the guy in green camo ground level had a full magazine.

    Wouldn’t you top up before going out on watch? or is it an arctic thing where you don’t load full in the cold.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      Im not sure about the picture you reposted, but other than that every translucent magazine I saw appeared full to me. When a magazine is full, only about 2/3-3/4 of its volume is actually ammo. The rest is the compressed spring and follower. If you look at pictures of an anti tilt follower for a STANAG Magazine it is quite tall.

    • RealitiCzech

      I guess he shot a few peasants earlier in the day? I do that all the time from Tenpenny Tower.

  • Tassiebush

    Miles did a post on the converted Schmidt Rubin grenade launcher riot gun.

  • iksnilol

    7.62×51 is a widely used sniper caliber, but far from good rated.

    • Johnsmyname

      This! I was going to post the same thing after reading the comments.

    • Dougscamo

      Shot one for years as a Police Team sniper in a Steyr SSG….dang accurate….but not particularly powerful….BUT powerful enough to suffice in LE applications since we are talking under 200 yards….
      What would you prefer?….

      • iksnilol


        Or anything 6 mm to be honest.

        308 to me is just a “meh” cartridge. Ain’t got the range to really go far without much work (like 6.5×55 or Creedmoor can), nor does it have the power to call itself “powerful” (like 300 winmag or 338 lapua can).

        • Dougscamo

          As a cartridge, I agree….but we aren’t talking long range in these officers’ ROE….average…not all…police shot is about 75 yards….
          With the right ammo, we could get groups down to .377″ at 100 yards….and powerful enough to do the job at these ranges….

          • iksnilol

            Eh, but still, the 6 mm cartridges have much less recoil. And I’d assume better penetration with copper bullets.

          • Dougscamo

            Trust me….you don’t notice recoil in these situations….not that there is that much from a 7.62 compared to a 300 Win Mag or .338 Lapua…
            And once again….at these ranges….penetration is not an issue unless it over penetrates….and bags another billionaire that happens to be in in the wrong place….
            Gotta run out for a few so don’t thing I’m ignoring your sure to arrive reply

          • iksnilol

            I know, I just feel that the .308 is so pointless. Really, only reason that thing is sticking around is NATO using it and inertia keeping it in place.

            As in, you could do the same thing with a 6mm cartridge better/more easily, and do more stuff with it as well.

          • Dougscamo

            Trust me….I don’t own a 7.62 nor am I a fanboy of the round….I’m into metrics with calibers….
            Lord knows there are better long range rounds available but it will kill just as well as any at shorter ranges….dead is dead with a head/center mass shot….
            I don’t think the target (live) will have any preference for being shot with a cartridge designed 125+ years ago or 65 years ago…my guess would be neither…

          • iksnilol

            I agree completely, I just go with what I find easier to use. Luckily in my AO 30-06 and 6.5×55 are common.

          • Quest

            Less recoil, much flatter trajectory, higher supersonic range, etc etc etc.

            6mm FTW
            7.62×51 surely has its place in the slow moving military complex, but in police units its just MEH.

          • iksnilol

            Pls note, by 6mm I did primarily mean 6.5, but in general if it is 6.x mm it’s gonna be gud.

          • john huscio

            7mm08 would work great as well.

        • The_Champ

          Call it logistical momentum. Of course there are better options but why mess with something that has worked reasonably well for so long and was once in inventory with pretty much every western military in the world?

          In that same line of thinking, why would you chose 6.5 x 55 when one could argue there are clearly superior modern 6.5mm choices.

          • Guardiano

            20 days late to this party, but I recently bought a Ruger American Compact in .308 as my deer gun. I like it a lot, but I had been considering a 6.5mm Creedmoor both for the deer rifle and for the AR-10 build I’ve been planning for a while. The problem is that I can’t find 6.5 Creedmoor for much cheaper than a buck a round. For someone who shoots as many rounds as I do, that’s a problem. I’m not a 1911 guy, but sometimes certain things really ain’t broke, and with the significantly cheaper ammo and tried-and-true effectiveness of the .308/7.62 NATO, I decided to stick with the old warhorse.

        • Sasquatch

          6.5 creedmoor. What is you opinion?

          • iksnilol

            Good shiznit I done reckon, might burn barrels though.

            In general i like milder loads, throats and primer holes last longer then.

            But I’ve never tried creedmoor. How is its availability in your area? Can you get good ammo easily and for sane prices?

          • Sasquatch

            Yes we can down here in the south. Also relaoding supplies are plentiful.

          • iksnilol

            Then go for it I guess.

            There’s also .260 remington, that one might be attractive since you can make the brass outta .308 brass.

        • nick

          a big YES to 6.5 X 55!
          hand load for my CG-63 HB, like a laser !

          • iksnilol

            And still works well with mild loads that preserve barrel and brass 🙂

        • RealitiCzech

          The 6.5 gives you better power at range, flatter trajectory, less recoil. The .30 is a relic of the 1800s.

    • Kurt

      So what is wrong with 338 Lapua Magnum?

      • iksnilol


        I didn’t done bad mouth no .338 lapua, pardner, now don’t drag me into this mess that’s akin to perdition.

      • RealitiCzech

        It’s too big for a pistol.

  • Dr Zarkus

    “The Swiss Army uses SG 550, SG 552 and SG 553. Exactly what is used by
    the Swiss Police is a bit harder to find out, or my Google-fu is too weak.”

    These ARE Police, it says so on the balaclava’s (Polizei) on each and every member.

  • Amplified Heat

    If it looks like a Bond-villain’s henchman, carries the latest high-end kit like a Bond-villain’s henchman, follows shady elites to protect even shadier secret meetings like a Bond-villain henchman, wears identical uniforms with balaclavas & sunglasses like a Bond-villain’s hechman, and stands around prominently waiting for Bond to show up unexpectedly…

  • El Duderino

    Only the best to protect our beloved billionaires.

    • kdkd

      Not the best, otherwise they’d be female ex-supermodels.

  • with police dressed like the stereotypical video game baddie, how would one even spot the real baddies when they appear

    • Dougscamo

      When they shoot at you….

  • _NL_

    the “oldstyle 40mm-grenade launcher” is actually a converted K31 used for riot control and shoots rubber pellets via blank cartridges.

  • jon spencer

    Where are the CROWS types systems? Better optics, constant recording option, with two operators pee breaks do not stop coverage, operator can stay in warm area, can’t really tell where the cameras are looking are among some of the advantages.
    Still need humans on the roofs and in hides, but not as many.

  • Bobd06

    The fascists get the protection they wish to deny others. Hyporcrites.

  • Jim

    It always strikes me as ironic anytime that I see photos of heavily armed security at these events where the world-elite gather. These are the very same pampered snobs that are all for the UN sponsored Small Arms Treaty that wants to ban firearms from ‘commoners’. That attitude of ‘Lords and Nobles’ is what is wrong with the world. Ruling elites want to control everyone else and exempt themselves. As Trump says, “screw the world”, America first!