Finnish Police using G36Cs and AR-15s to catch armed criminals

TFB is proud to add a new rifle to the list that the Finnish Police are using: AR-15. To our knowledge we are first to report this.

This follows the trend we have been reporting for a while. German Police, Swedish Police etc. are going for AR-15 style rifles, at least the special units.

For instance, the Swedish SWAT units are changing from HK G36 to LWRCI:

I would say that that generally in Europe never see any Police units with AR-15s. I guess if you do you are the trouble, or at least close to it!. MP5s and similar, you can see from time to time, but rarely.

By the looks of it, it might be a LMT CQB MRP in 5.56, sound suppressed.  Since they are Finnish, I suspect they would be using the ASE Utra suppressor, which are great.

Below: Three criminals (no, not in the picture!) vs. the Finnish Police. Criminals lose.

This might well be the Finnish Police’s Rapid Response Unit, they have some additional firearms compared to the normal Police units, like various Sako TRG sniper rifles.

I tried to dig out the details of the photo above, but the source image isn’t the best.

According to sources, the Finnish Army tested the M16A2 in the 1980. It was too unreliable in the harsh winter conditions, and only the Valmet RK made by SAKO, the Galil and the FN FNC survived the test phase.

Below: LMT CQB MRP in 5.56

What we know about the Finnish Police is that they normally use the Glock 17, which is being replaced by the Walther P99Q. That might actually be worthy of a separate article in itself!

They also sometimes use the Taser X26.

In terms of sub-machine guns and rifles they normally run the Heckler & Koch MP5, the Heckler & Koch G36C and the FN 303. Source: Wikipedia.

Below: It looks like they are using an Trijicon ACOG of some sort on the rifle (G36C?) to the left. The rifle to the right (LMT?) seems to have an open red dot with magnifier, but it’s out of focus so it’s difficult to see.

Zoomed in. HK G36C by the looks of it.

Below: The Police’s picture of the armed robbers, in an Anytec aluminium boat. They stole a gun safe from a cottage and stole at least one boat. Now busted.


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.


  • Southwood
  • anon

    LMT ARs, coming to a european police force near you!

  • JumpIf NotZero

    TFB is proud to add a new rifle to the list that the Finnish Police are using:


    • Gus Butts

      Yeah really… What the heck does that even mean? You guys have lists of things police forces use?

    • James Young

      Proud of a country in Europe choosing the AR platform over the G36/HK416/SCAR/etc. That’s how I took it. I’ve wondered why ARs seem to be so uncommon in police and militaries in Europe. It is an excellent platform, especially when purchasing relatively higher end ($1500+) ARs.

      • Wow!

        I don’t think a $1500 AR does anything better than a $650 AR. Definitely it is savings over the european made rifles which are ridiculously priced for anyone who is planning their budget for serious uses, but over 800 is way too much for a service rifle. I’d rather have 3 low cost rifles that I can swap out when worn than to have one expensive rifle that I will hold onto even past it’s service life because I don’t have the funds to buy another quite yet.

  • Does Finland have the same problem that Sweden has with criminals constantly hurling grenades at everything? ARs and G36s seem appropriate.

    • B-Sabre
    • Longrange

      No, we do not have that problem. At least not yet. 85% of the male population has compulsory military training and everbody knows that if you start hurling grenades at the police you will very likely never see the judge or medics. Rules of emgagent are such that if somebody presents a too great risk to the public safety then that person can be taken out.

      Finnish police very seldom shoot people but when they do it they do it with great prejudice. They are not super humans but they are very good in what they do.

      Those people in the pictures are our SWAT or GSG9. You either obey their orders or you get shot.

      Thos gun cabinet burglars did not test their luck and will be brought to the justice just like any other criminal.

    • Tassiebush

      I’m no expert on the topic but I looked into the whole Swedish grenade thing. It looks like the grenade issue is pretty Sweden centric around Malmo and seems to mostly involve Somalis but the grenades seem to come from the former Yugoslavia. When I say involves Somalis I also mean they’re often on the receiving end of grenade attacks. It looks like organised crime feuds. I think they’ve been thrown at police too. Someone else might fill in more detail though.

  • Longrange

    It’s actually Snigel camoflague not available to civilians and to make a difference between military m/05 and the police uniforms.

    My understanding is that he old Sig 551’s are being worn out and repaced with ar-15s. The police can only use 9mm full-autos. The 223s are all semis by law. At least for the time being or until the law is changed.

    The border patrol uses HK G36C:s for reasons not released to the public. Those are full-autos because border patrol is not regulated by lwas that concern only the police.

  • Sermon 7.62

    You are 100% correct. Except that the Russians shall take back not just the regions that belonged to Soviet Union.

    The Russians shall take back also the regions that belonged to the Russian Empire. And send all the nationalist rebels and separatists to concentration camps.

    The natural borders of Russia

    • Jokuvaan

      Well that would include fighting NATO.
      Besides we have prepared a welcome party ourselves.

      • Sermon 7.62

        Russian military leaders unveil terrifying robot army including battle-ready android gunslinger

        “The clip shows the humanoid robot mowing down targets on a range with an automatic pistol gripped in each robotic hand.”

        • Jokuvaan

          We have 280 000 EMP-resistant gunslingers that run on oatley porridge and another 620 000 in spare reserve to make up for losses.

          • Sermon 7.62

            That’s a good joke, but I wasn’t joking!

  • James Kachman

    Sorry I missed your comment, Disqus is mean to me. I actually have a pair of M05 pants, it’s quite a nice pattern. 🙂

  • Ryfyle

    AR’s seem to get in more hands than previously thought. Nearing the ubiquity of the AK. It’s mechanism is comically simple to crank out on simple machining tools. The trick is keeping it lubed, clean, and getting decent running mags.

  • Wow!

    M16 platforms. What everyone should have started with from the beginning. Its cheap, its reliable, light, and accurate. What more could you want? Admittedly I did have a love affair for the Sig550 series long ago, but my attraction was more aesthetics than anything else. When I actually got my hands on one I still didn’t vote for it since objectively the ARs made a lot more sense.