[SHOT 2016] FB Radom MSBS Update

    Last year, at the 2015 SHOT Show, Polish gun manufacturer Fabryka Broni told us that they would be working to bring the MSBS modular rifle to the United States civilian market. Speaking with them at the 2016 SHOT Show, I learned that this effort is ongoing. In 2015, the company submitted 10 weapons – rifles and pistols – for approval to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, but only one – a .22 rifle – was approved for importation. The MSBS pistols that were submitted were apparently rejected on the grounds that a removable vertical foregrip was mounted to a Picatinny rail section on the handguard. Fabryka Broni’s representatives told me that they are continuing to work with the ATF to get approval for the importation of their weapons, including the MSBS and BRS99 semi-automatic pistol.

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    The company’s representatives also mentioned that he MSBS rifle has not yet been accepted by the Polish military, and that its these trials that are the first priority for Fabryka Broni, after which they can focus more effort on expanding to the US civilian market. Last year, representatives mentioned a location in Texas, and this year I made sure to ask them about this. According to the company’s representatives, they are still setting up the company’s headquarters in Texas, and plan for it to do assembling and minor manufacturing in support of the imported weapons.

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    To give my readers a sense for the represenatives’ enthusiasm about the US market, I’ll quote them: “We think you deserve this rifle.”

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]