This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
At the 2017 Association of the United States Army annual meeting, gunmaker FB Radom was present at the Polish pavilion, displaying their MSBS modular assault rifle, recently named “Grot” (arrowhead) by the Polish government. The new rifle has been selected by the Polish government to replace their legacy AK fleet, many of which are the upgraded 5.56mm “Beryl” variant. The first order for the new rifles was signed in mid-September, and will result in the delivery of 53,000 rifles to the Polish government, which is expected to be completed by the end of November.
Most of the rifles displayed at FB Radom’s booth appeared to be the same weapons the company has taken on the road to previous shows, but one rifle below sported a non-fluted barrel and two-chamber muzzle brake with threads, presumably for a flash suppressor. Other than that, the rifle seems similar to previous iterations. This variant may be a civilian version, as it lacks a bayonet lug, but I am not sure.
Although we haven’t heard much about the bullpup variant of the MSBS, representatives of FB Radom told me at the show that it is still under development, and may be considered for special roles or some other purpose by the Polish government. It seems FB Radom does intend to continue marketing the MSBS as a dual configuration platform, despite the higher profile the conventional version has had of late.
Representatives confirmed that the civilian version of the MSBS is expect to hit European markets sometime in 2018, though it will likely take longer for FB Radom to import them into the US.