The Brazilian truckers strike: PRF firearms in use

    Brazil was recently (late-May 2018) involved in a nationwide truckers strike, the economic and political implications of which are, obviously, outside the scope of TFB. But occasional and unavoidable conflicts from blocked roads tensions did emerge, which in turn had to be dealt with by LE agencies and some military forces. And this, sure, brought firearms into action, which is fully in our range of coverage. Not much came into general view, but this local correspondent took the time to search for some images provided by longtime friend Oyoy Kanamox  (he wouldn’t tell me the sources, though).

    PRF – Polícia Rodoviária Federal (Federal Highway Police) is the agency in charge of patrolling federal routes in all Brazilian States, the importance of which is emphasized by the fact that they are responsible for carrying about 60 percent of the nation’s merchandise. This being so, the organization also has specialized units, such as riot control teams, to deal with other-than-usual circumstances, as in the case of massive road blockades.

    One such group is seen in recent action: preparing to advance (top picture), the shotguns loaded with anti-riot ammo are locally-made pump-action 12-ga CBC 12 Military 3.0 (aka Taurus ST12, in the foreign market), while the agent close to the shields is carrying a Condor AM637 37/38mm non-lethal ammunitions launcher (being fired, in the bottom photo), also made in Brazil.

    When the going gets tougher, the PRF digs some extras out of their armory rooms, such as the Franchi SPAS 15 12-ga semi-auto shotgun seen here with the officer in the center. The type was also acquired in some quantity by DPF – Departamento de Polícia Federal (Federal Police Department) in about 2002, but subsequently presented so many problems that were retired from DPF use and now still awaiting disposal. The pump-action, stockless shotgun seems to be an older 12-ga CBC 586.

    But other options are also available, of course, as in the case of this holstered Taser M26 stun gun.

    One of the PRF guys receiving last-minute instructions during the truckers strike is carrying one of the agency’s 5.56x45mm issue weapons, an Armalite M-15. Ex-Brazilian Army IMBEL M964s (FALs) in 7,62x51mm are also in use.

    Here’s another M-15 on the way to a trouble spot. Note forward vertical grip, tactical flashlight and an apparent holosight fitted.

    A recent PRF acquisition is the 5.56x45mm IMBEL IA2 semi-auto carbine, spotted for the first time in use during the recent events.

    Patrolman on the right is armed with a .40 S&W Taurus SMT40, the sole SMG type in current use by the federal agency. The pistols? Hard to tell, but they usually carry Taurus PT100s and 24/7s in the same chambering. The 9x19mm Glock 17 has been adopted and is on the way.

    A hi-tech disintegrating ray gun in use by PRF? Nope, just a handheld radar speed gun with a shoulder stock…

    For the record, military forces (Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marines) were also used in the truckers strike occurrence, in addition to State Military Police agencies and the Federal FNSP – Força Nacional de Segurança Pública (National Public Security Force).

    Slightly higher-res pix available:

    Ronaldo Olive

    Ronaldo is a long-time (starting in the 1960s) Brazilian writer on aviation, military, LE, and gun subjects, with articles published in local and international (UK, Switzerland, and U.S.) periodicals. His vast experience has made him a frequent guest lecturer and instructor in Brazil’s armed and police forces.