EXCLUSIVE: The Swedish SWAT gets LWRC IC-Enhanced rifles

Below you will find details of the different LWRC International (LWRC or LWRCI used as short) rifles used by the Swedish Military and Police, as well as accessories and optics.

Behind this article lies literally months of scouting from several people and sources and we have done our best to get the information as accurate as possible. Thanks to everyone involved.

The Swedish National Task Force (NI, Nationella Insatsstyrkan) are using LWRCI IC-A5, in fact it seems they are using a slightly modified IC-A5 SBR in 12.7″. The same or a similar setup is used by SOG (SOG, Särskilda Operationsgruppen, Military SF). Most of this was confirmed already in this TFB article, with addition that it’s more likely the IC-A5 SBR model specifically with some modifications like the Law Tactical folding adapter.

Since then Sweden and Stockholm City has been hit by a terrorist attack at Drottningatan, and the Swedish National Task force (NI) were seen showing their IC-A5 SBR:s live. TFB source here.

On to the news: The “Förstärkt Regional Insatsstyrka” (Reinforced Regional Task Force), more known as Piketen, is a unit similar to the SWAT Police units in the USA.

TFB claimed that the Gothenburg SWAT unit (Göteborg City) also were getting LWRCI rifles, and this is now confirmed true.

TFB are happy to be first to report this news together with some interesting and unique photos.

LWRC IC-E in 5,56 NATO as used by the Gothenburg SWAT Team. Note the “Tillhör Polisen”.

 

Historically, the Gothenburg SWAT Team has been using the H&K 53, while most other Piketen units were using the H&K G36. So Gothenburg are first in line with the LWRCI upgrade, and the other regional SWAT Teams are supposed to follow.

The LWRCI rifle the Swedish SWAT Teams are getting is the IC-Enhanced. (IC-E) Please check this link for the producer’s data and information.

These two photos are unique for TFB. Notice that the NI rifles are Patriot Brown and the SWAT rifles (pictured) are Black Anodized. Black, just like the very rare (and somewhat failed) Ak5 D Police which is no longer in use.

Below: First picture of the LWRCI IC-Enhanced for the Swedish SWAT teams. This is a 14.7″ rifle, with a fluted barrel. Magpul PMAG magazine with window, loaded. Caliber 5,56 NATO. Aimpoint Micro red dot.

Notice that the Flash hider is LWRCI’s own design. I could be wrong, but I presume that no suppressor will fit above that design, which means that the Piketen rifles won’t be using suppressors.

Below: IC-Enhanced Upper as a reference. I presume this is the 16.1″ barrel, as you can see the fluted barrel protruding beyond the gas block. Source here.

 

The lower is semi-auto only.

Below: Enhanced picture. Here you can see that the barrel is fluted, look under the hand guard and you can see the “screw pattern”. Looks like a LWRCI 2-Hole Rail Section with QD Sling Mount. LWRCI Front and Rear Skirmish Sight or possibly Magpul BUIS as backup. Looks like an ERGO-pistol grip, not Magpul.

You can also see the IC piston (above) and below is the schematics for it. I love the design of the removable top cover to access the piston. Very clever – as long as it mounts back to zero, but I’m sure this has been tested.

Below: The top text reads: “IC-E 5,56 mm” and “TILLHÖR POLISEN” (Translated from Swedish, “belongs to the Police”). IC-E, reads Individual Carbine – Enhanced.

You can also see the “SE2017” marking on the upper, the serial is pixelated. The “SE2017” marking was an idea from the EU to be able to identify the origin and year of a Firearm, and to be able to trace it when sold. This was compulsory for a short period of time, but the law is now abolished (at least in Sweden). I think the reasons might have been that the markings aren’t very helpful, illegal firearms won’t have them anyway and it’s a nightmare to fill a firearm with markings if it’s a very expensive collectors item. To my knowledge, this is one of the few instances were a firearm related law has been relieved.

Below: On the right side of the rifle, we can see “SE 2017” again and “TILLHÖR POLISEN” (Belongs to the Police).

Below: The sight is an Aimpoint T2 2 MOA Red Dot, and the mount looks like a SM-2001 Micro Mount.

Notice the M6IC markings on the lower, as opposed to the M6 lowers which have M6 only embossed. I have to say that the LWRCI model names are confusing, and their webpage and brochures could be improved.

Below: LWRC IC-E in parts, disassembled.

 

Enough of static pictures of the IC-E. The daily magazine Göteborgs-Posten published these pictures but apparently had no idea that this was most likely the first time the new firearms were shown in public.

To give you a better understanding, these pictures were taken in Gothenburg the day after the terror attack in Stockholm. Things were a bit tense.

Below you can see pictures from Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Social Democrats Congress of 2017 (April 8-12 2017)

Below: Minister of Interior (Sweden), Mr. Anders Ygeman, stepping into a car. Note the LWRCI to the right. Pictures by Oliver Lindqvist GP.se

This means one of my previous guesses was wrong. As the H&K MP5s were brand new (for the Swedish Police) when the Pope visited Stockholm (1989) I expected the new LWRCIs to be seen for the first time when the (another) Pope visited Malmoe recently. Instead we see the new firearms live for the first time with the Swedish Minister of Interior.

Below: Zooming in on an LWRC IC-E.

Change of light levels to enhance the rifle. The magazine looks like it’s made out of metal.

Below: Aimpoint Micro (T2 most likely) in a Spuhr mount and Aimpoint 6MAG-1.

The Aimpoint 6XMag-1 was specifically designed for use with Aimpoint® Micro T-2 and Aimpoint® Micro H-2 red dot sights. This module gives professional users enhanced capability for long-range aiming and observation. A variable (-3 to +3) dioptric setting allows the magnifier to be adapted to the individual operator’s eye.

The 6XMag-1 is encased in a shock absorbing protective rubber cover that also creates an ideal ergonomic grip. Internal optical adjustments make aligning the magnifier and sight quick and easy.

Reference picture:

The rail panels are from LWRCI. I think they are FDE on the live pictures.

The long-awaited LWRCI Rail Panels install directly onto any LWRC Modular Rail. The kit includes three textured 4-hole rail panels and one 4-hole hand stop. These rail panels are made to be used as either 4-hole or 2-hole panels; simply score the rail panel along the groove in the middle of the part and the panel will simply snap in half along the line.

Below: Turned the picture 90 degrees CCW to display the LWRCI and accessories better.

The front grip is a LWRCI Vertical Folding Grip.

The LWRCI Vertical Folding Grip is a compact grip designed for the toughest environments. Serrated surfaces and oversized unlock buttons offer positive control and functionality even with wet, oily, or gloved hands. Molded out of tough glass-filled nylon, the LWRCI Vertical Folding Grip is stout and versatile enough to be used as a barrier stand-off device in the folded position or as the perfect tool for manipulating short barreled rifles.

 

 

The flashlight is a Streamlight, a Strobe (S) or more likely a High Lumen (HL). Source here.

The magazine pouch looks like a Snigel Design, the Short speed magazine pouch -12. They make some really nice gear and you should check them out here. It could be HSG Tacos also.

   

Some more pictures of the IC-E carbine. This looks like the Gothenburg central train station, with an X2000 train behind the officers.

You can see the insignia on his left shoulder, member of the “Piketen”.

It looks like another Streamlight and the hand stop is probably an Odin Works B1 Handstop.

The Swedish Police have historically been using a lot of Surefire flash lights, so the Streamlights are a bit of a surprise. Good for Streamlight.

You can also note the word “Individual” reoccurring in a lot of model names, and you can see that these rifles are to some extent individually and personally configured.

Below: The video below will be very basic for a lot of TFB’s regular readers, but I know for sure that this page will be read and shared by people with less technical experience of the AR system and it’s a beautiful video showing the operating mechanism of the LWRCI. You should watch it.

The LWRCI Military and LE catalogue can be downloaded here.

More related TFB articles here, here and here. Aftonbladet tabloid source here. (Swedish)

Be sure that the other Swedish SWAT units will follow with similar firearm(s) and gear.

Price: The price mentioned for these rifles are in the region of 7 000 to 8 000 USD each. Please note that this is including all extras, fully configured, and that the rifle itself likely stands for about half of the value.

To summarize:

H&K 53s and H&K G36s are being phased out. The SWAT Team in Gothenburg was recently confirmed with LWRCI IC-Enhanced semi-automatic carbines in 5,56 NATO. Color: black. The rifles were equipped with “Made in Sweden” accessories from Aimpoint, Spuhr and Snigel Design (textiles) and Streamlights.

The Swedish National Task Force (NI, Nationella Insatsstyrkan) seem to be using a modified LWRCI IC-A5 SBR, fully automatic, 12.7″ barrel with Surefire muzzle brake and Surefire suppressor. Color: Patriot Brown.





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.


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  • RSG

    Top shelf stuff. The Spuhr aimpoint mount is probably $250 and it’s not even QD. I think that rifle can be had for about $2500 in the US. Comes with the grip panels and handstop, too.

    • ZuluHotel

      Completely agree. Looks like a really nice rifle.

    • glenn cheney

      Can you explain to me why this gun should cost $2,500.00?
      Nice upper receiver eye candy, but forged.

  • Anonymoose

    Streamlights are made in Sweden?

    • Eric B

      No, and “outside” the Made in Sweden sentence, but not clear enough.

  • Ευστάθιος Παλαιολόγος

    http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/GBG-4.jpg

    My eyes seem to be playing tricks on me…. What’s with the pistol grip?!
    flanker7

    • joe tusgadaro

      Nothing, it’s riding up under the BA so it looks odd mate 🙂 🙂

  • John Yossarian

    LWRC’s handguards and ambi-controls are the best I’ve ever seen. The gas system is a very easy two-position design (normal and suppressed). The fluted barrel is a great touch, and helps make the rifle much lighter than it looks.

    • thedarkknightreturns

      Absolutely John, it surprised me how light mine is, the weight is not much different from a DI AR.

    • noob

      The helical flutes are very distinctive – what do they offer over other fluting cuts, like straight fluting or that KAC golf ball pattern?

      • ostiariusalpha

        Barrels undergo a bit of torsional stress due to the twist of the rifling grooves; the bullet tries to share its spin momentum with the bore, especially at the muzzle. This adds a harmonic that can negatively impact ballistic precision. Adding helical flutes to the barrel that countermatch the torsional stress reduces the harmonic, versus straight flutes. The dimple flutes also counteract the torsion, though they take away less material from the barrel, and so don’t save as much weight as full-length fluting. Compared to something like eliminating stress points in the steel, counterforce fluting has a relatively minor impact on barrel harmonics and overall precision.

      • thedarkknightreturns

        There are no other options I am aware of. LWRC doesn’t really seem to do custom options.

  • Juggernaut

    They can hold overpriced ARs as the Muslims run roughshod in police “no-go zones”

    • USMC03Vet

      How else is the feminist government going to get that sweet “Asian” tourist rape money?

    • CA

      The children there are all metrosexuals, nu-males, or just plane gay.

  • thedarkknightreturns

    I have one of these rifles, and it is my favorite of all. 100% ambidextrous. Everything that LWRC makes is 100% in house produced, with the absolute state-of-the-art equipment. Even the polymer. The only thing on the gun they don’t make in house is the rubberized Magpul MOE grip. It has a suppressed setting on the gas block. The upper is monolithic but the fore-end top rail comes off super easy with a set of thumb screws that are captive. It makes cleaning very easy. My only complaint would be that the factory trigger is pretty lack luster, but that is an easy fix. I highly recommend this rifle, LWRC also has some of the best customer service in the industry. I bought mine through Brownells. If anyone has any questions about it I would be happy to try to answer them.

  • USMC03Vet

    In depth gear salivating article for a nation unwilling to use it to protects its citizenry in any way. Firearms not sovereign nations with rule of law.

    • glenn cheney

      I was going to comment the same thing myself, so, I’ll just ask if the people being issued these arms be given any ammo, or are they just for show.

  • Rock or Something

    According to my entire world view based on the Simpsons, those are some over-dressed police officers https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/955e6f4514e7d792397ca7c2f043b00a5a86fe299d79f685a4b7d652e6c14b1a.png .

    • randomswede

      It’s spring time; summer uniforms are only used from the first monday of june until the day average temperature drops below 15C.

  • GrumpyCat

    @Eric B
    What magnifier mount is being issued/used?
    Do the NI and SOG also use magnifiers?

  • randomswede

    That “TILLHÖR POLISEN” always reminds me of those tags that mothers sow to kids jackets and so forth.
    Like someone is going to find a rifle on a park bench somewhere, thrilled that they’ve found an awesome rifle, start dreaming about the life they’ll have together; only to find that it already belongs to someone else and the police at that.

  • Friend

    The handstop is made by LWRCI. It actually comes standard on a couple of their rifles and attaches directly to their rail.

  • Core

    I see they are using a magnifier, but they should back the Aimpoint back closer to the eye to improve handling and remove the magnifier. I can’t see the average police/terror engagement needing a magnifier given the fact that they are going to be reacting to an attack. An Aimpoint Micro T1/T2 1&2MOA can easily hit Human targets out to 600 meters. The speed they would gain by dropping the space between the eye allotted for the magnifier would have a high probability of saving lives in a reaction type engagement at the average distances police see in a gun fight. The Swedes should check their data for the average engagement and determine if it’s a “fight” or “flight” type engagement and drop the magnifier if the data shows the majority of engagements are up close. Nice weapon.

    • Jonathan Ferguson

      600m??? Offhand?

      • Corey

        I would want something to rest it on. But it can be done offhand.

        This isn’t the best video, I had one of PFC shooting 600 meters elevated but they have so many videos I can’t find it. In this one Vickers is a bit of a drama queen in this one going all gangsta but you gotta love the guy. 600 yards.

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Q3_vwJlNA

  • Eric B.

    Congrats to LWRCI. They deserve this contract. I prefer their piston operated AR 10 and would buy their 5.56 rather than a Lewis Machine & Tool AR for several reasons.

    Regarding LWRCI’s spiral barrel fluting, it just has a bit more surface area than straight fluting and it looks sexy. (I truly dunno regarding spiral fluting creating “counter torsion” to resist internal ballistics bullet torsion. Sounds good but does it really work that way?)

    My Steyr AUG has “threads” the full length of the barrel for the same reason, better cooling.
    Tests on barrel cooling have shown that a rough sandblasted finish seems do work better than fluting only. Combining fluting with rough sandblasting is the best combo.

    Of course if you reload you can use HBN powder on your bullets to keep your barrel running cooler. See the “Long Range Only” Youtube demo of how to reload with Hexagonal Boron Nitride powder. It is far better than moly coated bullets ever were. It lubricates so well (and lowers pressure at the same time) that you have to increase your powder charge to achieve the same velocity you had before using HBN. Cooler running barrels last longer. That is well documented.