The Swedish Championships with Carl Gustav M/45

The Swedish Championships with Carl Gustav M/45 was held on August 25 at the Shooting Range Spillepengen in Malmoe, Southern Sweden.

The competitors shooting fully automatic Carl Gustav m/45 sub-machine guns are probably the least tactical people you will find.

And I will make you disappointed straight away – while the m/45 is fully auto only the competitors are only allowed to fire controlled single shots. It’s all about precision, not bursts.

However I think is the one and only, or at least one of the few, competitions where you are ONLY allowed to use fully automatic firearms? I would love feedback on that in the comments section if you know.

The Kulsprutepistol m/45, or short “Kpist m/45”, was made in Sweden and the standard issue firearm there from 1945 to 1965.It was later replaced by the Ak4 (HK G3) and the Ak5 (FN FNC).

Although the “Kpist” has retired there are still some sport shooting going on with them, there are probably around 1 500 to 2 000 of them in private ownership or with shooting clubs.

Shooting clubs would normally have a permanent permit, but for fully automatic firearms and handguns there is a 5 year renewal period where you have to prove activity, preferably some skill and need.

Below: M/45 with brass catcher. The stickers mean the firearm was controlled and approved for competition, so this one has probably been around for a while.

The design of the M/45 is very simple. The M/45 has a 36-round detachable box magazine

The m/45 fires from an open bolt and has a fixed firing pin. There is no safety! Due to the low recoil from the design and the 9×19 mm caliber it is fairly easy to control even in fully automatic.

Single shots, which are mandatory in the competition, have to be controlled by the shooter, but it’s easier than it sounds.

The list price of the Kpist m/45 was around SEK 600 (about 75 USD) in the late 1970s.

I think the market price today is around 1 500 SEK, roughly 190 USD. The bureaucracy to sell and export one is higher than the cost of the firearm itself.

All photos from Svenska Skyttesportförbundet.

You can find more pictures HERE.

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.


  • BattleshipGrey

    Someone can make a sport out of anything. I approve of this one, but firing on full auto would be fun too.

  • Fast Forward

    Young war correspondent, Joseph Galloway, with the Marines in Danang,
    August 1965.

    A Swedish K 9mm sub-machinegun and a Nikon F
    black body camera.

    • Bill

      …and probably the ubiquitous gold Rolex

      • iksnilol

        A tasteless display of bad taste in clocks.

      • DennisBechtel

        i only wear my swiss watches when i shoot the older colt single actions or pythons and o models then i wear a blanc pain.

        • autofull– kevin horning

          i own a pre 68 swedish k, got it from interarms in 78. yup, transferable. it was found in the warehouse along with a few uzi,s and mpk-L walther guns. everyone wants her, but no sale. how did i find her you ask, a relative was marketing director and found her. he was into mp40,s and did not love her like i wanted to. his name was rich alexander and he was a great guy. it is very easy to fire single shots with quick trigger response. mine has the detachable mag well,l and i have never bothered to try anything other than sticks. she has adjustable sights and shoots dead on. many former military guys have shot her and fell in love with her but she goes on no dates. i think it is very cool to now know these weapons are still being used for fun. just my two pennys. kevin, autofull

      • Fast Forward

        It’s probably an automatic with date and time, that needs a
        good; ‘full auto shake,’ every now and then.

    • Steven

      Interesting given Joe is a straight up anti-gunner these days. He and I had words on that subject.

  • Tim

    “…the competitors are only allowed to fire controlled single shots…..”

    Just the tip, baby. I swear!

  • Haulin’ Oats

    Damn, the Socialist Sweedes have more freedom than us. SOMEBODY F***ING FIX THIS FAST; THE LEADER IN THE FREE WORLD CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN!

    • Sticky-eye Rivers

      We’re not socialist (we are democratic), and you are no longer the leader of the free world. The thing to stop seems like it’s already done. So… good luck with them there dreams, oat farmer?


      • Amplified Heat

        Why so hesitant to admit the truth? I can admit the US is already a socialist entity at this point, though a variant featuring global-mega-corporation control of the economy as a sort of ‘international fascism’ with thorough government intervention tantamount to a high level command-economy. Socialism is a natural progression when taxes or spending by the government get high enough (each dollar/euro is a diversion from unrestricted free-market commerce, so if you take enough the free market is supplanted by a command economy). Sweden’s leading party is the Socialist Democrats, followed by a number of also-leftist groups (confusing labels aside, they are the same as our leftists in the desire to have the government control wealth distribution on a large scale for the purposes of social justice or similar morality claims). America is frankly, not much different in that regard, just more nationalist (which is to be expected given our size)

        • Sticky-eye Rivers

          It’s because we mean different things by those words.

          Let’s just cut to the chase: my side are always going to define socialism so it never includes anyone but the dead soviet union.

          Your side is always going to define it so it includes everyone else but you.

          • Edeco

            😀 Well said.

            As Heat says though socialism the way he defines it, which I agree with incudes the US. It doesn’t include me philosophically. I can think of others it doesn’t include but probably only one person in 30 is clean. It naturally includes fence-sitters and low-info people. They’re going to be succeptible to apparent positive utility through mixed economics, so blam, defacto socialist.

          • Rocketman

            Really SE Rivers, what EXACTLY is the difference? Both insist on more and more government, higher taxes to enlarge their power base, increased restrictions on citizens freedom and a surveillance state. If Amerika isn’t a socialist country then what is it?

          • Timmah_timmah

            The thing is, that these terms actually have fixed meanings. Isn’t that a bummer?

          • Sticky-eye Rivers

            No 😀

      • Kivaari

        Sweden uses free market socialism. All the cradle to grave “free” stuff that cost them plenty in taxes.

      • Rocketman

        We’re not socialist (we are democratic),
        News Flash- The only difference is the name.

      • Timmah_timmah

        And do tell… who is the leader of the free world then?

        • Sticky-eye Rivers


    • randomswede

      Most likely these weapons belong to the club that the shooters belong to, at least on paper.
      Though it IS possible for a Swedish citizen to own a full auto weapon the wording of the law goes something like: “Permission for the individual to hold fully automatic weapons must only be granted under exceptional circumstances.”
      My understanding is that you have to be an individual that can positively improve Sweden by owning a full auto weapon. (Sportsman or inventor types)
      I think it’s easier but not easy for clubs and companies to attain permission/permits.

      Unlike the US where the individual has rights that have been limited in the protection of others (justly or unjustly), Sweden is an old monarchy; we are in principle allowed to do things. The laws rarely speak of rights but often what’s permitted and not.

      Still the permit on a silencer is ~$70 and for larger calibers the laws are similar to the “must issue” states in the US.

      • mikebike

        Of course most of the competitors own their guns.
        However, the average age of the competitors is around 70 and they have had their guns 40 years or more…

        B.t.w. I was issued an m45 when I was doing my military service in 1981.

      • Jason Culligan

        In the Netherlands it’s possible to buy an automatic firearm so long as you have a specific collectors license. You can pick up selective fire AK’s for close to €800.

        The only problem is you’re not allowed to shoot them!

  • Brett baker

    There are machine gun shoots in the USA. A citizen can own a machine gun in most states if it was registered before May 19, 1986. But yeah,I wish they would reopen the registry!

    • micmac80

      yes only pre 1986 and sky high prices of even the crapiest guns , in europe you can buy and own most ww2 MP and machineguns for well under 2k$ , the more common soviet ones for about 400-700$

      • Typical White Person

        That’s so ironic and sickitating I don’t even know what to say.

  • Petto

    “… There is no safety!….”

    Of course there is , see that slot above of the charging handle , that’s called a Safety Notch just like the MP40 has

  • jonp

    Hold on. A full auto for under $200?

    • Edeco

      Of course, open bolt actions are exceedingly simple. In addition to being used in MG’s it’s a natural fit for rimfires, low cost and can hit the rim in two places. We’re just used to being denied here in the land of the free.

  • Amplified Heat

    I’d rather have a Suomi if shooting for groups, though I know that’ll burn the Swedes’ pride up a little. 😉 While it’s more an expression of how restricting Sweden is, I hope the US can develop a ‘Full-Auto circuit’ more fully in our competitive circles (it’s there in limited/fragmented form already, but needs to be mainstreamed). Maybe Machinegun Clubs that maintain post-samples for use in competition could be established nationally via the NRA (if they ever get off their butts and begin endorsing NFA issues). If enough affiliated locations can be put together, it becomes possible to put together a competitive circuit/league that could become a true-blue sport-marketing event. I’m sure the NRA would love the money and publicity that comes from running something akin to the NFL for shooting sports, and it’s probably our best chance at getting shooting sports promoted on mainstream/popular media outlets. If the ‘John Wick Championship’ or whatever draws millions of eyeballs & makes millions of dollars, it becomes much easier to lobby for and promote pro-NFA legislation to deregulate the items shown in competition.

    • randomswede

      The competition form was born out of (as I’m sure you already guessed) Swedish Army requirements so the clubs were allowed access to the weapons that were used by the Swedish Army.
      My assumption is that the Army was hoping to raise the national level of marksmanship, we were at the time a conscription army so every adult male under the age of 35 (or so) were considered part of the standing army.
      I would also assume that if the competitors figured out equipment, training or techniques that could be applied to “warfare” that would be the cherry on top.

  • Tassiebush

    I’m just really curious about what the thinking was behind shooting the match this way. Was it about ensuring a high level of first round hits?

    • Typical White Person

      It’s to satisfy inane gubmint requirements for shooting activity to justify continued possession of freedom tools.

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah that pretty much applies to most firearm ownership globally, but I can’t help but wonder if there was some other logic to it as well.