The Norwegian Army and Home Guard are possibly some of the best-equipped forces with a variety of modern firearms from Heckler & Koch, Barrett, Glock and FN. The Norwegian Home Guard continues phasing out the old AG-3 (Automatgevær 3), which is the Norwegian version of the Heckler & Koch G3. In total, the Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk in Norway made 253,497 units until the production stopped in 1974.
Over the years, the AG-3 has been replaced by the Heckler & Koch HK416 but also the Heckler & Koch MP7 depending on the soldier’s mission.
In a recent article from the Norwegian Defense, it is mentioned that the plan is that all Home Guard areas in the Trøndelag Home Guard District will be rearmed throughout the autumn. During the next year, the entire Norwegian Home Guard will be equipped with new weapons.
There is now intense training going on in certain districts. The firearms training is done in four intensive days, where local instructors are trained so that they can return to train their own area and continue the work downstream.
The main focus of the training is for the instructors to get acquainted with the new firearms, and to be able to handle them in a professional and safe manner. All of the shooting is conducted with a partner that observes and gives instant feedback, a method that forces the students to actively pursue error correction during the drill.
In a quote Kristian Vollan (from Sambandsområdet) says:
– I imagine that the new weapons will be a breath of fresh air into the Home Guard. Both the HK416 and the MP7 performed well on the shooting range and it will be exciting to get them out in the Home Guard areas.
Source: Norwegian Defense
Note that all of the photos (by Torbjørn Kjosvold and Tore Ellingsen) are from different occasions.
For more photos on the Heckler & Koch MP7 check U.S. Marine with a Suppressed H&K MP7 or U.S. Marine with a Camouflaged H&K MP7. The MP7 I discovered in the Pagani Zonda at the F1 race in Bahrain is pretty weird. Although very rare, the MP7 is used in the Swedish Armed Forces as well.