Swedish Armed Forces: Sub-Machine gun MP7 and Automatkarbin 416/417

    This is cool and somewhat unexpected. But if the Swedish Armed Forces have and use them perhaps there should be manuals in the local language.

    As many are aware, the Swedish Army is currently and mainly using the AK5 (Automatkarbin 5).

    There is a long-term project on-going to replace the AK5, but it’s going to be a while before that happens.

    The AK4 (Automatkarbin 4) Heckler & Koch G3 is also coming back into service, as a marksman’s rifle as upgraded by Spuhr AB.

    One important thing: The Automatkarbin 416/417 is NOT the Automatkarbin 6.

    The pictures in this article were first posted on Instagram by “Stridsteknikavdelningen“, then followed by better pictures elsewhere.

    TFB discovered already in 2016 that some special units (SOG) were using the HK MP7, so it’s now time for a manual apparently. Some special units are also using the HK416/417 and the LWRCI IC-A5 in 5,56×45 mm NATO. The LWRCI has no official manual yet, by the looks of it.

    Sources:

    TFB: Swedish SOG now confirmed with LWRCI and HK MP7

    TFB: Swedish SOG and Special Police units to get LWRCI Rifles

    To the best of my knowledge, these are the MP7 A2, as the MP7 A1 has a folding forward grip.

    Some people called these manuals fake, photoshopped etc. and said the HK416 and 417 don’t exist in Sweden. I ask them to take a good look at the pictures in this TFB article:

    TFB: Aurora 17 – Spotting firearms at Sweden’s largest military exercise for over 20 years

     

    Below: Sorry soldiers, the German HK inventory was all out of black vertical grips so use the tan. It looks a bit odd, but you’ll be fine.  M90 camouflage uniform.

    Kulsprutepistol MP7 or Sub-machine gun MP7

    From HK’s sales brochure:

    THE MP7 REPRESENTS A NEW GENERATION OF ENHANCED-PERFORMANCE SUBMACHINE GUNS THAT BRIDGES THE GAP BETWEEN ASSAULT RIFLES AND CONVENTIONAL SUBMACHINE GUNS.

    DEVELOPED AS A GENUINE PERSONAL DEFENSE WEAPON, IT FAR EXCEEDS THE NATO REQUIREMENTS PROFILE.
    THE MP7 IS EXTREMELY COMPACT, LIGHTWEIGHT AND CAN BE USED IN CONFINED SPACES WHILST BEEING PRACTICALLY RECOIL FREE. IT CAN BE CARRIED CONTINUOUSLY, MAKING IT THE IDEAL PERSONAL WEAPON FOR THE SOLDIER OF TODAY.

    COMPARING CALIBRE PERFORMANCE, THE PENETRATION AND TERMINAL EFFECTS OF THE
    4.6 MM X 30 ROUNDS ARE SEVERAL TIMES GREATER THAN THAT OF THE STANDARD 9 MM X 19 ROUND. IN SIMPLE TERMS, THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE ROUND PENETRATES NATO CRISAT ARMOUR (1.6 MM TITANIUM AND 20 LAYERS OF KEVLAR) AT A DISTANCE OF 200 M WITH MINIMAL RISK OF OVER PENETRATION.

     

    Below: The 4,8×30 mm ammunition family

     

    Below: Swedish soldiers with the Heckler & Koch 416 (standing) and the Heckler & Koch 417 (kneeling). I am missing optics on these fine rifles.

    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. Owning the night would be nice too. TCCC Certified medic.


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