Let’s start with some Mythology: The 12th-century King Eric IX saw a golden cross in the blue sky as he landed in Finland during the First Swedish Crusade in 1157. Seeing this as a sign from God he adopted the golden cross against a blue background as his banner. The golden cross was later changed to a yellow one, probably slightly more practical (and cheaper). A great story, except no one really knows if there ever was a crusade at that time or not. But Blue and Yellow have been used as Swedish colors at least since King Magnus III’s Royal coat of arms of 1275.
Time machine forward almost 900 years to 2016, Rainier Arms goes to the IWA exhibition in Germany and in a tribute to their customers they build a line of special rifles.
With the adoption of IPSC Rifle, around 2010, swedes find a way to legally own semi-automatic AR-15 rifles and sales go up. The numbers are small (probably similar to a small town in the US…), but the users are focused on high-end rifles for winning competitions, and most spend a lot of money on their rifle(s) and accessories.
ITAR is a frustration, when competition shooters struggle to get deliveries of simple things like grips.
The Rainer Arms Sweden rifle is a KMR 16″ by Bravo Company MFG (BCM).
Specifications: Chrome Lined barrel, USGI Profile, and a mid length gas system. BCM Mod 0 Compensator.
BCM KMR-A15 Free Float Handguard. Yes, those Ceracoated lines fit the rifle very well. Would fit any Mossberg too.
If you live in Pennsylvania or Delaware, I’m sure you’ll recognize the design and colors as there is a strong resemblance with both the Flag of Philadelphia and the Flag of Wilmington.
The Cerakote finish done by Blowndeadline. Charging Handle is a BCM Mod 4.
Mounts were supplied by by Boboro and Kinetic Development Group. Sorry I can’t identify this one.
Trijicon MRO – Not a bad sight, but strange choice as Aimpoints are Made in Sweden.
BCM Mod 3 Pistol Grip, BCM PNT Trigger and their trigger guard.
All pictures by CHummerz.
The Country Rifles collection: (No, the rifles are not to scale to each other.)
For the previous parts of Rainier Arms Country Rifles check here:
The USA Rifle is quite nice too.