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Kbs wz.96 (Mini-Beryl)

Compact Assault Carbine [ 1997 ]

The 5.56mm Kbs wz.96 Mini-Beryl is nothing more than a shortened, compact form of the full-sized Polish Beryl assault rifle.

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As its name suggests, the Mini-Beryl is the shortened, re-chambered, assault carbine form of the full-length FB Beryl assault rifle originating from Poland. The Karabinek Szturmowy wz. 1996 Beryl was adopted by the Polish Army in 1997 and continues as its frontline service rifle today (2020). Designed by FB Lucznik Radom during the mid-1990s, the weapon has gone on to prove its value, succeeding both the Soviet-era Kalashnikov AKM and FB Tantal lines. Despite its qualities, the rifle went on to see global service with only Afghanistan and Nigeria.

The Mini-Beryl is built atop this framework and chambered exclusively for the smaller 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge (unlike the Beryl's primary 7.62mm chambering). Additionally, the shortened model weighs a more manageable 6.60lb and has an overall length of 20.7 inches when its stock is folded over. The internal function remains as gas-operated with rotating bolt and the gun feeds from 20- and 3-round spring-loaded, curved magazines.

Firing rate reaches 700 rounds-per-minute with an effective range out to 1,000 meters utilizing optional sighting devices. These can be installed along the section of Picatinny rail over the receiver in the usual way (a rear sliding notch on ramp with tritium-insert front sight post otherwise). Muzzle velocity is measured at 2,525 feet-per-second.

The Mini-Beryl has been in serial production since 1997 and is utilized only by the forces of Poland, Lithuania, and Nigeria.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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Compact Assault Carbine

Lucznik Arms Factory - Poland
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National flag of Lithuania National flag of Nigeria National flag of Poland Lithuania; Nigeria; Poland
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Automatic Function
Features a mechanical function to automate the firing action.
Special Forces
Qualities of this weapon have shown its value to Special Forces elements requiring a versatile, reliable solution for the rigors of special assignments.

Overall Length
730 mm
28.74 in
Barrel Length
235 mm
9.25 in
Empty Wgt
6.61 lb
3.00 kg

Iron Front and Rear; Optional Optics.


Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt System; Select-Fire

Rotating Bolt
System utilizes internal mechanism to lock the breech or rear barrel assembly prior to firing.
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
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5x56x45mm NATO

Rounds / Feed

20- or 30-round detachable box magazine.
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
3,280 ft
(1,000 m | 1,093 yd)
Muzzle Velocity
2,525 ft/sec
(770 m/sec)

wz.96 "Mini-Beryl" - Base Series Designation.

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