Back in March, we reported that the Polish Army is seeking a new Designated Marksman Rifle. It has been reported by Polish media sources that FB Radom and Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów have been approached to submit proposals to fulfill the Polish Army’s requirements. This month, while attending DSEI 2021 in London, we got a look at both of the rifles reported to be in the running for the Polish Army’s DMR tender. Both companies are part of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ SA) or the Polish Armaments Group. PGZ unites Poland’s defense industry under a single state-owned holding company.
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Currently, the Polish Army is equipped with a mixture of medium to long range precision weapons including Polish-made Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów BOR, Finnish Sako TRG-21 and TRG-22, and the Soviet-era SVD-63. The majority of the Polish forces’ Designated Marksman Rifles are the 7.62x54mmR chambered SVD.
It appears that Fabryka Broni “Łucznik” will be submitting their Grot 7.62N rifle, while Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów SA will enter their MWS-25 rifle to the Polish DMR tender. Both rifles were on display in London.
Fabryka Broni “Łucznik” – Radom – GROT 7.62N
FB Radom’s GROT 7.62 emerged in 2019 but work on the weapon began in 2015. Based on a short-stroke gas piston system, it is said to be somewhat parts compatible with the 5.56x45mm MSBS GROT currently in service with the Polish military. It has a folding buttstock with an adjustable butt and cheek riser. The rifle feeds from 10 or 20-round polymer SR-25 pattern magazines. The GROT 7.62N has a 20in barrel and is suppressor-ready. The weight of the rifle is believed to be around 5kg or 11lbs. The weapon’s controls (including charging handles) are ambidextrous with the direction of ejection switchable.
FB Radom had their significant range of rifles on display including a range of MSBS GROT configurations – including the bullpup variant, and their Beryl AK-pattern rifles.
Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów – MWS-25
The other competitor comes from Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów who have developed the MWS-25. The MWS-25’s controls are ambidextrous, however, the direction of ejection is not switchable as in the GROT 7.62N. The MWS-25 is available in barrel lengths ranging from 13in to 20in and is suppressor-ready. It has an accessible 4 position gas regulator and like the GROT uses a short-stroke gas system. Its weight, without optics and accessories, is listed as 5 to 5.65kg (or 11 to 12.4lbs) for the 20in barrel rifle.
The rifle has an adjustable Magpul PRS-like stock which folds to the right side and has an adjustable cheek riser. Both rifles have full-length monolithic top rails to provide stable mounting of long range optics.
Both rifles use similar actions, the same gas system type and are designed to be ergonomically adaptable. It remains to be seen which will be selected but the parts commonality and familiarity factors of the MSBS GROT already being in service may favour the selection of the GROT 7.62N if technical and user trials are close.