The 10:th Special Forces Workshop in Guestrow (Germany)

Eric B
by Eric B

The 10:th Special Forces Workshop 2018 in Güstrow (Germany) was organized by the Baltic Shooters, and contained three action-packed days.

The event is by many considered as the best military and law enforcement events in Germany.

As could be expected, there are not many pictures or details available from the various Workshops, but thanks to JPW_FIDES on Twitter and his JPW STRATEGIE & TECHNIK Blog, we have permission to show a few.

You can also check last year’s event for some cool images.

Below: Live firing the Heckler & Koch HK416 A7, or G95, with a Schmidt & Bender 1-8×24 PMII ShortDot Dual CC at the 10th Special Forces Workshop in Guestrow. Certainly a “luxury” firearm in terms of specifications and price.

Below: A Haenel CR308. It is interesting to note the similarities between the Heckler & Koch HK417 and the Haenel CR308.

This Haenel CR308 comes with a Schmidt & Bender PMII scope and Aimpoint red dot (T-2 most likely) and a Spuhr mount. Note the lever to change the handgurad.

TFB were among the first, if not the first, to report about the Haenel CR308 as it was released this spring. You can check our story here.

I would recommend to use the Spuhr Aimpoint mount on the 2-3 o´-clock position instead, but it’s a personal preference.

Below: Live firing the SIG MCX “Rattler” at the 10th Special Forces Workshop in Guestrow.

For more details on the MCX check the SIG Sauser LE page.

Below: Rheinmetal VTAL and Lumenator. Rheinmetal also showed some 40 mm Special Purpose Ammo (not in pictures). There are apparently more options than Surefire around.

Rheinmetal are to supply Laser Light Package for the new Bundeswehr’s Special Forces Assault Rifle, called the G95. You can check TFB’s story here.

Let there be lights! With the Laser Light Package from Rheinmetal.

The rifle is a Schmeisser AR15 and Optix NVG.
Schmeisser Germany also posted the below three pictures from the event.
Schmeisser Germany

Looks like the Red Dot is a Falke. Handgun: Glock.

Schmeisser Germany
Schmeisser Germany

Below: UF PRO Striker Uniform with boots from Meindl. The camouflage is PhantomLeaf.

Below: “Tools of the trade!” For the personal protection teams in Germany – the Heckler & Koch G36, Aimpoint on top and Glock 17.

Sources: JPW_FIDES on Twitter and JPW STRATEGIE & TECHNIK Blog, with permisson.

Eric B
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 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Dave Dave on Aug 02, 2018

    That aimpoint piggybacking the S&B is on top because when shooting from around cover and awkward positions where you may struggle to get perfect eye relief/eyebox you can see the red dot without issue, ambidextrously.

    Having the dot at 2' or 3' or on a similar angled mount is useful in competition where you are not crammed behind a car or other forms of cover, and are standing upright with the luxury of having good eye relief and are purely looking for speed, but not in the kind of situations someone in a two way range is likely to be in.

  • SlippinJimmy SlippinJimmy on Aug 02, 2018

    That CR308 actually looks like it eliminates two of the most recognizable (and problematic) things about the 417: the larger BCG/buffertube and the huge proprietary mags.

    The CR308 looks like a better German take on a piston AR10, with a smaller frame, to boot.