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Small Arm Weapons  –  C8 IURs as the Danish Army's new M/10  –  May 2010

New Canadian-Made Rifles for the Danish Army – C8 IUR M/10

Denmark's Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization is responsible for all major procurement for the Danish military. What Canadian citizens should note is the clarity with which the Danish government and military plans that procurement. Perhaps even more important is the effort made by the Danish military to keep its own citizens 'in the loop' on procurement. A case in point is the recent announcement that the Danes had signed a contract with  Colt Canada  to provide  5,000  new rifles  for the Danish Army.

For over a decade the Danish Army has fielded its own versions of  the Canadian Forces' C7A1 rifle and  C8A1 carbine. These are designated M/95 and M/96 respect- ively in Denmark.  With their operational experience in Afghanistan, Danish soldiers found that they needed more flexibility in how they mounted sights and other 'peripherals' on their equipment rails of their weapons.

The CF had found the same thing but was already embarked on a  'mid-life'  upgrade to its rifles and carbines (the C7A2 and C8FTHB programs). To this would later be added a small order for new-built carbines – the C8A3. One would think  that the C8A3 would have warranted some exposure but instead, DND treated the adoption of the Canadian made carbine as operationally sensitive. Why the paranoia at  DND is anyone's guess.

The contrast is shown in the Danish press release. The information is straightforward, the advantages of  the new kit is clearly laid out, the purchase price is made plain.  So, are Danish PAffOs pathological truth-tellers?  Not really,  there are sins of ommission. The new Danish M/10 rifle was originally to be designated M/08 indicating that it was to enter service in 2008. DALO isn't going out of its way to note that the rifle program is running two years late. But, then again, the Danish military planning and budgetary cycles ensure that interested citizens can simply refer to those documents to find out.

The rifle itself is Colt Canada's  C8 IUR or  'Integrated Upper Receiver' which provides an uninterrupted  rail system along the entire upper surface. To this has been added a detachable Colt Folding Stowage Grip (which holds 2-AA or 3-N batteries). Two other distinctive features have been applied to give these Danish M/10 extra stowage space. The standard pistol grip has been replaced by a Magpul MIAD  (MIssion ADaptable) grip which can store 3 extra rounds, batteries, or  even a spare firing pin. Also, a  CAA 'stock saddle' has been added to the six-position butt. This 'stock saddle' acts an ambi- dextrous cheek rest while also providing two storage compartments for eight batteries.

The new Danish M/10 may be slightly more up-to-date rifles than the Canadian Forces C7A2 and even the new C8A3 but that is not the critical element. The Danish citizenry are treated like grown-ups by their government and military. Why do Canadian citizens and taxpayers deserve any less from their government and DND ?  In recent months, a new position was created at NDHQ, a Director General ADM (Public Affairs). Perhaps BGen Blanchette should contrast the performance of his staff with those of  Denmark?

Below, the M/10 press release published by Forsvarets Materieltjeneste is translated:

The Danish Army buys new M/10 type rifles
( Forsvaret køber nye gevæer af typen M/10 )

An upgraded version of the M/95 rifle and M/96 carbine are on the way to Danish soldiers.  The first of 5,000 new M/10s  (C8IURs)  will arrive in the middle of April.


DALO, the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization ( FMT/Forsvarets Materieltjeneste) has signed a contract with Colt Canada for the delivery of 5000 M/10 rifles, which is an upgraded version of current Danish Army M/95 and M/96 carbines.

These small arms will be delivered over a period of two years, with 2500 pieces coming in 2010 and another 2500 units arriving in 2011. The cost is about 112M Danish kroner.

Better adaptations for the Markman

The upgraded rifle has a "flydende pibe" [ a 'free-floating' barrel ], improving accuracy. Ambidextrous features make M/10s easy to adapt for individual shooters. The rifle can be just as easily be aimed with the left eye and fired from the left shoulder, as the right.

Unlike earlier Danish rifles, the M/10 also has six positions on its adjustable butt stock (the M/95 rifle lacked adjustment, M/96 carbines had only three adjustment positions). Thus, the M/10 can be better adjusted to fit an individual soldier's fragmentation vest.

Also new for the M/10 is a detachable [and foldable] fore grip handle and the C8IUR's uninterrupted picatinny-style rail extending all the way to the front of the hand guard. This feature allows a soldier to mount special sights and equipment in multiple ways.

Technical specifications M/10, C8IUR

Weight: 3.7kg, length (butt stock retracted): 81cm, length (butt stock extended): 89.2cm muzzle velocity: 890 meters per second,  rate of fire (automatic): 45-65 shots per minute.

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