SILENCER SATURDAY #324: Countries Where The Suppressors Roam Free

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the brand new YHM 338 Bad Larry Suppressor. Last week Pete discussed suppressors with defined borders. This week I am taking over, in Pete’s absence, and the subject is countries where the suppressors roam free, with a focus on the “suppressor” belt in the Nordic.

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Swedish FMV Signs Contract For Small Caliber Ammunition

Like many defense material administrations, the Swedish FMV is busy sourcing new firearms and consumables, for future needs. FMV is a governmental agency acting under the Swedish Ministry of Defence. They are responsible for making sure that the Swedish Armed Forces have the equipment and logistic services they need to execute their mission. FMV has now signed a contract to secure small caliber ammunition from the suppliers Nammo Sweden AB and Norma Precision AB, to meet the demand for the Armed Forces’ needs in the years 2024–2025. The total value of the contracts is approximately SEK 2.8 billion (about 268 million USD). The ammunition will be used for handguns, carbines and machine guns – in Sweden’s case that would mainly include 9×19 mm for Glock 17s, 5,56x45mm for the Ak5 (FN FNC variant) and potentially the upcoming Sako carbines, as well as 7,62x51mm for the Ak4 (H&K G3) as well as sniper rifles.

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POTD: Swedish National Task Force in Black Esox – LWRC M6IC

A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit, he plants his country’s flag. In this Photo Of The Day, we have an operator from the Swedish National Task Force in the exercise Black Esox. Typically this unit uses the LWRC M6IC in Patriot Brown finish, with a 12.7″ barrel, Surefire suppressor, Magpul CTR stock, and Ergo 2 grip. Sometimes they use the LAW Tactical AR Folding Stock Adapter.

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POTD: Swedish Naval Counter-SOF Unit with K9

I love these images! Boats, dogs, guns and motivated soldiers in search of enemies. Even the sun is out in this Photo Of The Day! The closest translation of the unit’s name into English would be “Swedish Naval Counter-SOF Unit”. They use the K9 dog to detect and locate hostile units on various islands in the Blekinge archipelago, in the southern coast of Sweden.

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Dillon M134D Miniguns for Swedish Amphibious Battalion 2030

The Swedish Defense Materiel Works (FMV) has signed a framework agreement with Equipnor AB, for Dillon M134D Miniguns for Sweden’s amphibious battalions. The gun is electrically powered and can fire 3,000 rounds of 7.62mm per minute, providing a higher probability of hitting targets and achieving local fire superiority in a short time. The framework agreement can be used by the entire Swedish Armed Forces. The initial agreement extends to 2026, with an option to extend it two years at a time. The total value amounts to about 28 million USD. FMV’s mission is to modernize the Amphibious Battalion 2030, and a number of different systems are on the way to be procured.

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British Army Adopts Carl Gustaf Recoilless Rifle – Again!

Back in 1963, the British Army adopted the M2 Carl Gustaf 84mm recoilless rifle. It served with various units right through into the 1990s when it was replaced by lighter, single-use munitions. The British Army replaced the M2 with the LAW 80 which has since been surpassed by the NLAW. Yesterday, it was announced that the British Army would once again be procuring the Carl Gustaf, this time the much improved M4 variant.

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Finnish and Swedish Defence Forces to Acquire Joint Range Of Firearms From Sako

The Finnish and Swedish Defense Forces will purchase a range of various rifles from Sako Ltd. TFB reported about this almost two years ago, but it’s now official what the framework and the firearms will look like.

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POTD: U.S. Air Force Special Operators in the Swedish Arctic

Winter is coming in this Photo Of The Day, and I’m sure the making of these photos – in the little sunlight given each day – took a lot of freezing. We see Air Force Special Operators from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, as they learn how to survive and fight at the Swedish Subarctic Warfare Center in Grubbnäsudden. The location is near Sweden’s northern border with Finland and a stone’s throw from the Arctic Circle.

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POTD: Carl Gustaf M4 Anti-Tank Recoilless Rifle in Baltic Striker 22

TFB’s Photo Of The Day is here again. Every day we present our readers with at least one photo. The subject is always a firearm of some kind, preferably with a muzzle flash or some action around it. Above you see a Swedish soldier with an 84 mm Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifle (8,4 cm Granatgevär M/86) firing a smoke grenade in order to mark targets in the terrain. The photo was taken during Baltic Striker 22 exercise.

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POTD: U.S. Marines on The Island of Gotland

Photo Of The Day and we are off to an island called Gotland. This is Sweden’s largest island, and its location in the center of the Baltic Sea gives it great strategic importance, especially in times like these.

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POTD: Swedish & U.S. Marines Light Up Their H&Ks

It’s time for another Photo Of The Day, and we can’t express enough gratitude to soldiers and photographers who capture moments like this when the shooting range is lit up by the muzzle blast from rarely seen firearms. In this case, we have the Heckler & Koch G36C in the hands of U.S. Marines and Swedish Marines at the Berga Naval Base, Sweden. And as you notice, that’s not the only H&K in these images.

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POTD: Swedish Ak5 in Tactical Recovery

Photo Of The Day – Today we get a closer look at some tricked-out Swedish Ak5 rifles.Ak” stands for Automatkarbin in Swedish, which translates to an automatic carbine. This is the current standard-issue rifle for the Swedish military.

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Sweden Orders 4,600 Thermal Weapon Sights from Leonardo DRS

In a contract worth around $50 million, Leonardo DRS, Inc. will deliver thermal weapon sights to the Swedish Ministry of Defense. The order is for more than 4,600 thermal weapon sights, including the Individual Weapon Sight (IWS) and Individual Weapon Sight – Long Range (IWS-LR) variants.

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POTD: Sniper Competition – K4 Arctic Rangers vs Finland

TFB’s Photo Of The Day is where you can discover the world of firearms through a camera lens. Every day we run a new theme, selected pictures a short story and credit to the person behind the lens. Today we have images from the Swedish Norrland Dragoon Regiment, also known as K4. This is a Swedish Army unit specialized in arctic warfare and special operations. Located in the province of Lappland, it was historically a cavalry unit that traces its origins back to the 17th century. This time there were competitors  from the Finnish Kainuu Brigade (see above).

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POTD: Swedish Ak4D with Spuhr & Aimpoint

POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s daily article series where we try to find pictures that will entertain and educate you. Did you know that credit for the first-ever color photograph taken goes to the mathematical physicist James Clerk Maxwell? At a lecture in 1861, he unveiled what is to be considered the first durable color photograph. It certainly sounds like an interesting lecture.

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