Bofors Carl Gustaf

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Bofors Carl Gustaf
FFV-Carl Gustaf

Bofors Carl Gustaf AB is a Swedish armaments firm, now owned by Bofors.


Carl Gustafs Stads Gevärsfaktori ("Rifle Factory of Carl Gustaf's town") was founded in 1812 as a state arsenal. The name Carl Gustaf's town was a name used intermittently for the town Eskilstuna after king Karl X Gustav gave the town city privileges.

Between 1943 and 1991 the factory was run by a state agency named FFV, and the whole complex was often referred to as FFV-Carl Gustaf.

In 1970 Husqvarna sold its small arms division to FFV. Carl Gustaf continued to manufacture the Husqvarna 1900 hunting rifles and also developed them into the 2000-series.


Along with Husqvarna Carl Gustafs Stads Gevärsfaktori has provided the Swedish Army with small arms for almost two centuries. There have been both foreign designs, such as the 12.17 mm Rolling Block and the 6.5 mm Mauser rifles, and domestic designs such as the Ag m/42 SLR and the Kpist m/45 SMG.

In addition Bofors Carl Gustaf have produced a number of other weapons such as the 20 mm Carl Gustav m/42 anti-tank rifle, the 20 mm m/45 autocannon and the famed 84 mm Carl Gustav recoilless rifle, still one of the most common anti-tank weapons in the world.

The NIVA XM1970 (Nytt Infanteri Vapen, "New infantry Weapon") was an experimental combined 5.56mm Assault Rifle / 45mm Recoilless Rifle Launcher concept by what was then FFV-Carl Gustaf (part of the government owned FFV or Försvarets Fabriksverk) during the early 1970s.[1] It failed to attract any buyers and was abandoned.

Today they build the standard Swedish Army weapon, the Ak 5 assault rifle. The Ak 5 is a modified version of the Fabrique Nationale 5.56 mm carbine FN FNC, produced with a folding stock and an option to mount the SUSAT sight from the British SA80.