Jane’s has a report out about a second batch of Beryl M762 rifles being purchased by the Nigerian Armed Forces. This isn’t the first international export of the rifle, among other countries that Beryl has sold or donated to are Afghanistan and Lithuania. This random transaction most definitely has to do with Nigerian Special Operations forces in their fight against Boko Haram, and not alot to do with their overall military of 80,000 active duty troops. The total would bring it up to 1,500 rifles, and that would make sense numbers wise to equip a battalion of troops. In addition, there really doesn’t seem a need for a short barreled rifle or carbine in the open terrain of Nigeria, another unique requirement of a Special Operations unit. And in fact, such a force already exists and has been photographed with the earlier shipment of rifles. They’re called the 72 Mobile Strike Force, and SOFREP has a pretty good collection of open source information on them.
Polish small arms manufacturer Fabryka Broni has delivered a second batch of 500 Beryl M762 assault rifles to Nigeria under a USD500,000 contract signed early this year, company sources have told IHS Jane’s .
The first batch of 1,000 Beryl M762s, spare parts, and training was delivered to Nigeria under a USD1 million contract signed in mid-2014.
This was the first ever export order for any Beryl rifle, including the M762, a 7.62×39 mm version of the Polish Army’s 5.56×45 mm Beryl M556 (wz. 96C) service rifle.
The second batch included 10 Mini Beryl M556 carbines for test and evaluation purposes. IHS Jane’s understands the Nigerian Army is also interested in the short-barrelled version of the Beryl M762.