French Special Forces GIGN go for 7,62×39 mm and MAWL-DA lasers from B.E Meyers


    As you may know the French National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN) has ordered a new standard issue weapon, TFB reported about it earlier.

    They selected the rather unusual CZ Bren 2 in an even more unusual, for Western Special Forces at least, caliber in terms of the 7,62×39 mm. According to Wikipedia, they only ordered 68 Bren 2s, so it’s not an enormous order.

    The reason why GIGN chose the CZ Bren 2 in 7,62×39 was due to a small size and the ballistic punch it offers. They considered that anything in 7,62×51 NATO, which offered the desired characteristics, was to heavy and bulky.

    I’m not French, but I used to live in France, so I’m not too surprised about all these unusual and unconventional choices. Who am I to tell them they are wrong?

    To my knowledge, GIGN are now the first European Special Forces unit to chose the MAWL-DA aiming and illumination laser from B.E. Meyers USA.

    It looks like a Trijicon on with a red dot from the same brand on top of the Bren.

    (All pictures of the MAWL-DA apart from the top are obviously mounted on another firearm than the BREN 2)

    B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. develops and supplies optoelectronic and related products used for defense, security and law enforcement applications. The company’s core competencies include targeting and illumination systems; weapon-mounted, hand-held and integrated lasers; non-lethal lasers; night vision and surveillance systems; and other weapon accessories.

    According to B.E. Meyers the MAWL-DA is “a high power infrared and visible green aiming and illumination laser for individual carbines. Offering improved ergonomics, interface, and performance, the MAWL-DA has been designed from the ground up around the evolved needs of the modern night fighter“.


    MAWL-DA stands for Modular Advanced Weapon Laser – Direct Action.

    Feeling tempted but don’t want to move to France and join GIGN?

    BE Meyers have released a civilian legal MAWL-C1+.

    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, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6×6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.