Shephardmedia reported today, that the GIGN equips itself with a the Czech BREN 2 assault rifle. The interesting point, the opted for the 7.62x39mm variant!
Many analyst in the west are very much surprised, myself not included though.
The French generally have a more open relation to Russians and have always been a bit skeptical of NATO (and 5.56x54mm, which the now being replaced H&K 416s are chambered for).
The decision to adopt the Bren 2 was the result of a process that began in 2015 after the Paris attacks in January that year. Faced with terrorists equipped with bullet-proof vests, French Gendamerie and police intervention units found that 9 mm weapons had little efficiency in such situations and that 5.56 mm ammo lacked the necessary stopping power.
The worse ballistic trajectory of 7.62x39mm is negligible at the ranges that those rifles will encounter.
Many advocated for a rifle chambered in .300 Blackout, but I totally agree with the french decision of using 7.62x39mm instead.
After all .300 Blackout is just a less capable copy of 7.62x39mm.
Also it isn’t the first tine one does see Russian weaponry in the french police force:
Earlier this year the Gendamerie also bought a dozen Saiga-MK for their marksman training program.
The SAIGA-12 and VEPR-12 are also inherent parts of their equipment (the latter one also being used by German special forces by the way).
30.03.2017 – by netsplit for Gruppa L