On the 22nd of December, Polish Straz Graniczna (Border Guard) will accept the last of this year's deliveries from Fabryka Broni. Two hundred seventy of wz. 96C Mini Beryl subcarabines will be handed to Border Patrol officers. Mini Beryl fires 5,56x45 mm ammunition. The weapons were procured as a part of modernisation program for Police, Border Guard, Fire Service and Government Protection Bureau.
In the first half of 2016, Border Guard purchased and tested a number of Beryl rifles with 475-mm barrel. Later the same year, a batch of 235-mm barrel models was delivered as well. In the end, the short variant was chosen as the main personal weapon for Straz Graniczna and will replace currently used 7,62x39 mm AKM/AKMS rifles.
Border Guard plans to spend 46,98 mln PLN (over 10 mln EUR) on modernizing their weapons and equipment by the end of 2020. Procurement plans include 1500 semi-automatic, 9x19 mm pistols, 40 of 9x19 mm SMG's and 4420 5,56x45 mm rifles.
Increased procurement of weapons, including automatic variants, is a direct result of the situation in Ukraine. Since 2015, Border Guard trains intensively with army-derived weapons such as PKM machine guns and AKM/AKMS rifles.