Photo Of The Day – Today we have some TFB exclusive pictures of the Swedish M/45BE submachine gun. “E” stands for “Enkelskott” in Swedish, or single shot (semi-automatic) in English, which is quite appropriate for a Law Enforcement firearm. The M/45BE was the reinforcement support weapon of the Swedish Police before the Heckler & Koch MP5 was adopted, and there are not many left in existence.
The version called M/45BET (not shown here) had only one purpose, which was to shoot tear-gas grenades. The BET has a “cup” at the end of the barrel and a high sight to compensate for the rather poor ballistics of a tear gas grenade. T stands for Tear gas.
Earlier this year the Swedish Police announced that they were buying the B&T GL06 for Tear Gas Grenades.
The M/45BE for the Police has an all-black finish. The military version of the M/45 has a slate grey phosphate and enamel green color (centuries before FDE entered the scene).
Thanks to an anonymous contributor.
If you want to see another odd M/45 check out the competition-ready Carl Gustaf M/45 with Kurbits Decorations and a Peace Sign.