[IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump

    IDEX 2021, compared to previous editions, had a few challenges to overcome, most prominently a global pandemic that killed the majority of comparable events, both in the US and in Europe. Despite this obstacle, the organizers were able to welcome a wide range of exhibitors, including some newcomers. On the other hand, some traditional presences either decided not to attend or were forced to leave empty booths, leaving an edition with few new releases. Yet, there was some stuff that is not so common and is still cool to look at.

    IDEX 2021 – Sero International Ltd. from Hungary at Resource Industries

    IDEX - Sero GM3M 14.5x114mm anti-materiel rifle

    [IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump – Sero GM3M 14.5x114mm anti-materiel rifle, from the muzzle of its 1,350mm (53″) barrel.

    IDEX - Sero GM3M 14.5x114mm anti-materiel rifle

    [IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump – Sero GM3M 14.5x114mm anti-materiel rifle, view of the charging handle and bolt.

    IDEX - Sero GM3M 14.5x114mm anti-materiel rifle

    [IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump – Sero GM3M 14.5x114mm anti-materiel rifle. The grip is located on the right side of the 5 rounds magazine.

    IDEX - Sero GM3M 14.5x114mm anti-materiel rifle

    [IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump – Sero GM3M 14.5x114mm anti-materiel rifle, left-handed shooters should not apply.

    Resource Industries is a UAE-based provider of military equipment that among armored vehicles and body armor, distributes the peculiar rifles manufactured in Hungary by Sero International Ltd. We are somewhat familiar with GM6 Lynx in .50 BMG, but so far we only had a glimpse of its bigger brother, in this awesome factory tour report.

    The GM3M really dwarfs the Lynx and to save some length adopts a semi-bullpup configuration reminiscent of the Denel Inkunzi PAW. Resource Industries staff did the effort of filming the shooting of a magazine out of this monster. Quite impressive.

    IDEX - Sero GM6 Lynx

    [IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump – Sero GM6 Lynx cal. .50 BMG (or 12.7x108mm) with its peculiar ribbed suppressor.

    IDEX - Sero GM6 Lynx

    [IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump – Sero GM6 Lynx cal. .50 BMG (or 12.7x108mm), another view of the suppressor; the muzzle brake (on the table) must be removed to allow installation.

    IDEX 2021 – Steyr from Austria

    IDEX - Steyr SSG M1

    [IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump – Steyr SSG M1 modular sniper rifle, note the AR-15-style spring-loaded dust cover, quite uncommon on bolt action rifles.

    In 2019 Steyr showed at IDEX both its interpretation of the AR-15 and a .300 BLK version of the AUG. The first is now an abandoned project, as it had no military adopters nor it was economically viable on the crowded (American) civilian market. On the other hand, the .300 BLK AUG is being manufactured for military units and this is taking up the full production capacity, it won’t reach the civilian market before 2022. You may start saving up now.

    In the photo, we have the SSG M1, a modular precision rifle that can be configured to .338 LM, .308 Winchester, and now 6.5 Creedmoor. More info here.

    IDEX 2021 – Fratelli Tanfoglio from Italy

    IDEX - Tanfoglio TCPM-9

    [IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump – Tanfoglio TCPM-9 also known as Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino.

    IDEX - Tanfoglio TCPM-9.

    [IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump – Tanfoglio TCPM-9.

    IDEX 2021 – TRB from Bosnia and Herzegovina

    IDEX - TRB Vampir

    [IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump – TRB Vampir models.

    IDEX - TRB Vampir

    [IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump – TRB Vampir with bronze slide and threaded barrel.

    IDEX - TRB Vampir

    [IDEX 2021] Cool Stuff from Around Europe aka IDEX Photo Dump – TRB Vampir luxury model.

    Nothing particularly new from TRB since 2019, the company is still fulfilling government orders in the region and due to production constraints cannot supply the civilian market. They plan to, yet their production capacity is so far constrained.

    Giorgio O

    Italian firearm enthusiast now living in an even more restrictive country, Giorgio has a passion for innovative or plainly unusual mechanical solutions. He’s also interested in manufacturing technologies with a recent focus on additive manufacturing.

    You can contact him at giorgio_o at zoho dot com and you’ll find him in the comments section as Giolli Joker.


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