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Fabryka Broni „Łucznik”- Radom sp. z o.o.
Private
Industryweapon
PredecessorZakłady Metalowe „Łucznik” SA
Founded1922
Headquartersul. Grobickiego 23 Radom, ,
Key people
Adam Suliga CEO
Maciej Borecki
Productsfirearms , weapon
Total equity89 618 500,00 PLN
ParentPolska Grupa Zbrojeniowa SA
Websitefabrykabroni.pl

Fabryka Broni "Łucznik" - Radom (Polish: [ˈwutʂnik]), also known as Fabryka Broni Radom or Zakłady Metalowe "Łucznik,"[a] is a Polish defence industry enterprise from Radom that produces firearms. The enterprise is a part of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa SA.

In the past it used to produce non-military equipment, most notably sewing machines and typewriters, but those branches were deemed unprofitable and were dropped in 2000.

History[edit]

The company was founded in the Second Polish Republic to produce arms for Wojsko Polskie.

In 1925 the main building, steel hardening shop, power plant, boiler room, woodshop, bath, and the workers’ houses were erected. On December 31, 1927, production was launched when, by an act signed by then Director of the plant Msc.Eng. Kazimierz Ołdakowski, the plant was officially taken over from the local government and became part of the Państwowe Wytwórnie Uzbrojenia concern. Ołdakowski insisted that his workers receive free health care. He also arranged for child care services and regular leisure time, and built gymnasiums, theaters, gardens, and housing for his workers. It was under his directorship that the Vis pistol (pistolet wz. 35 Vis) was developed.

During World War II it was captured and operated by the Germans.

After World War II the factory was renamed: Zakłady Metalowe im. gen. "Waltera" (General Walter Metal Works). It received the factory code number of 11; to prevent confusion with an earlier Factory #11, the number received a single circle around it to difference it. In 1990 the factory returned to its old name Zakłady Metalowe "Łucznik" (Metal Works "Łucznik"), "łucznik" meaning 'archer'. It became a state-owned company (SA). On 13 November 2000 the company was declared bankrupt, however, on 30 June 2000 a company Fabryka Broni "Łucznik" - Radom (Arms Factory Łucznik - Radom) was created by ZM Łucznik and the Industry Development Agency, which took over arms production.[1]

Products[edit]

FB MSBS assault rifle
FB Beryl rifle

Original designs:

  • FB MSBS - 5,56 mm modular assault rifle (in production, 7.62S/N versions in development), adopted by Polish armed forces as Grot
  • FB Beryl M762 - 7,62 mm assault rifle (in production) - basically AKM (7,62x39 cartridge, same barrel length) with Beryl features, around 2000 delivered to Nigeria, civil variant available
  • FB Mini-Beryl - 5,56 mm carbine (in production)
  • FB Beryl - 5,56 mm assault rifle (in production)
  • FB Onyks - 5,45 mm carbine
  • FB Tantal - 5,45 mm assault rifle
  • Radom Sport - Beryl derivative for civilian market
  • Radom Hunter - AKM derivative for civilian market
  • FB Glauberyt - 9 mm submachine gun (in production)
  • FB PM-63 - 9 mm submachine gun
  • FB PR-15 - 9 mm pistol (in development)
  • FB MAG - 9 mm pistol
  • FB Wanad - 9 mm pistol
  • FB P-64 - 9 mm pistol
  • FB Vis - 9 mm pistol

wz. 44 - 26.5mm flare pistol wz. 78 - 26.5mm flare pistol

Licensed weapons:

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Łucznik/Radom Armory/Metalworks

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