Country Rifle: Switzerland by Rainier Arms

    Switzerland, a country with gun laws that would make a lot of (but far from all) Americans jealous. What a great country to get represented by this Blitz SBR!

    In summary, their gun laws can be described as less restrictive than most other European countries. On the other hand there is – to my knowledge – no $200 charge for any SBR rifles, in case you have the possibility to acquire one. The Swiss Weapons Act requires an acquisition license for handguns and a carrying license for the carrying of any permitted firearm for defensive purposes. Rifles and semiautomatic long arms that are customarily used by recreational hunters are exempt from the licensing requirement. Automatic weapons are not allowed, but Swiss militiamen may keep their issued personal weapon at home. Switzerland has a reputation for combining high levels of gun ownership with a low incidence of mass shootings, and I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of people with their semi-automatic rifles cycling to the shooting range for some practicing. (Let’s call it “Open Bicycling“) In case you’ve missed them, here goes:

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    For a deeper look into the gun laws of Switzerland check out this Wikipedia link.

    Regardless of gun laws, pictured below is the beautiful Biltz AR15 SBR by Falkor Defense, as presented by Rainier Arms at IWA 2016 in Germany.

    The brand new Optimus PDW stock runs with a standard Bolt Carrier Group, which is good news in my point of view. Normally the stock is anodized black, but obviously in these pictures below it got the Ceracote treatment on top.

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    The barrel is a 10.5″ Steel Barrel with a carbine gas system and a 1:7 twist rate, surrounded by a FALKOR “Fatty” Free-Float 11.5” MLOK Hand guard.The rail is “fat”, which is a great help when you want to accomodate a supressor underneath.

    The rifle is available in both .223 and .300 Blackout. Probably 9 mm as well, which would be cool.

    Below: FALKOR “Blast Cap” SBR Muzzle Break, Ceracoated by Michael from Blowndeadline Custom.

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    Below: FALKOR MACH 15 Ambi-charging handle:These charging handles allow for use of either the finger and thumb grip or the palm of the hand to be used to charge the rifle on both the strong and support side.”  I have never tried this one, but the design looks nice. I want one!

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    Optimus PDW Stock – I like this design, looks simple and clever but I can’t judge if it offers enough support without trying. As you can see the system only has one stabilizer rod, but there is a cheek weld for the entire length and it seems to open and close nicely in the video below.

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    Ambi Everything!

    Ambi Matched Billet Lower and Upper is Hard Anodized, with ambidextrous mirrored controls. Ambi Short Throw Safety Selector. Never understood why people don’t spend the extra buck to get an ambidextrous safety.

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    Aimpoint Micro T-2 with a 2 MOA dot on a Fortis mount. The trigger is most likely a Geissele 3.5 lb Super Dynamic 3-Gun Trigger. QuickSnap Dust Cover – “Made in Montana”.

    Note the flared magwell.

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    FALKOR Defense builds their parts in Montana, where they have a 50,000 square feet factory. To my knowledge, the company was founded by a Vietnam war veteran.

    The Bolt Carrier is a FALKOR Anti-Tilt Nitride.

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    Above: The pistol grip is a Hogue with Rubber Overmold.

    Pictures by CHummerz.


    FourGuysGuns.com tested this SBR. It seems to me they enjoyed the rifle quite a lot, even without the Swiss Ceracoating…

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    Falkor Defense Custom Recessed-Suppressed Tactical AR SBR/Carbine with Optimus PDW Stock. I think they ticked most of the must-have words in one sentence there.

     

    B&T are from Switzerland, and I’d love to see a Ceracoted APC-9, supressed with a PDW stock. Game on?

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.


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