B&T APC223 with Telescoping stock

The B&T APC223 is the civilian version of the B&T APC556. It’s Made in Switzerland and operates with a locked rotating bolt gas piston. Semi-automatic only.

Originally, it comes with a shoulder fold-able stock, made out of polymer.

However you can easily change the stock, this is done in a few minutes.

I have only seen the inside of the APC9 (9×19 mm) stock, but I guess the buffer system looks different on the APC223.

The PDW stock is very rigid and stable, by far one of the best PDW stocks I’ve tried. Unfortunately the price is quite high (it’s made in Switzerland in case you forgot!), but I haven’t been able to find out the exact amount.

Below: The stock in the shortest (expanded) position.

And the longest.

The B&T APC223 with the traditional stock.

As a comparison, the B&T APC556 PDW cal. 5.56 x 45 mm. According to B&T they have also taken out more weight (not much) than the normal APC556. The charging handle also looks more like the one on the HK MP5. Note the fully automatic setting.

Designed to meet the future needs of Police and Military forces worldwide, the APC556, here in its PDW version with a very compact barrel, is a rugged but light carbine. Thanks to its telescopic stock and the short barrel the weapon is a perfect choice to be transported in any Police vehicle but also as PDW for military use. It is also well suited for all kinds of special operations (Military and Police).

You can check more details of the APC9 and the PDW stock in TFBs previous article with a lot of nice photos.

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.


  • UWOTM8

    Boy, that’s pretty aesthetic…

    • Mr.SATism

      I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think that it’s prettier than the h&k M416

      • Gus Butts

        H&K got sued for using the M416 designation my dude.

        • Mr.SATism

          Aaaand now my Friday is ruined, thanks for the heads up though

        • Brett baker

          And Crosman got sued for using the M417 designation.

  • Nick

    These are really nice, but how many wheelbarrows of cash do the Swiss charge for them?

    • $3000 for the pistol version, $690 for the stock, $200 for the tax stamp.

      So, whatever $3,890 converts to in wheelbarrows.

      • Amplified Heat

        Approx 38.9 wheel barrows, at 100$/ea from Home Depot

    • john huscio

      If you have to ask…..

    • FarmerB

      Yeah, almost $700, even here in CH. I waste (!) money on guns, but I cannot come to pay that.

  • In the last photo, is that a really tiny suppressor, or just a blast diverter?

    • Rusty S.

      B&T’s blast diverter

  • Amplified Heat

    It’s cool looking and all like most of these telescoping rail stocks, but why can’t they ever put a little cheek piece that hangs off the back of the receiver over the collapsed buttstock, or juts forward off of the stock & slides over the tail of the receiver when collapsed? There is little else in the gun world less comfortable than an HK-style telescoping stock (AK folders, perhaps)

    • Steve Tomson

      They are not designed for people who just want a fun day at the range. The people who use them either wear body armor or in case of a PDW don’t shoot them a lot.
      I am pretty sure getting shot at is less comfortable than an HK-style telescoping stock.
      The NRA isn’t a puppet of gun manufacturers for the same reason manufacturers make uncomfortable stocks, the civilian gun market is not that important to them.

  • Mr.SATism

    Thats what we have the aftermarket for

  • Greg Anderson

    Can you put the folding handle on the left side?

  • int19h

    It looks like the cheek weld on this thing is more like a cheek incision?

  • Gus Butts


  • Brett

    Is it just me or does anyone else want to see that stock on a TP9?

  • CavScout

    B&T exists because of anti-gun Europe. Where very few guns are bought, and the price holds little to no sway for those who can/do buy them. So therefore… no problem with $3k+ guns like that.