A seizure of arms from the Islamic-state aligned Maute Group (AKA Islamic State of Lanao) in the Filipino city of Marawi, earlier this year, included an Indonesian Pindad SS1-V1 5.56 x 45 mm self-loading rifle. Captured alongside a range of commercial and military AR type self-loading rifles, the Pindad rifle stands out as it is uncommon outside of Indonesian service, and has seen only limited use in other countries. The first images of the capture were posted on the public Facebook page of a Filipino Army Public Affairs Officer on 8 June 2017.
The rifle appears to be in working condition, and is fitted with a hastily-modified two-point sling. Although none of the weapons pictured are fitted with magazines, the SS1-V1 uses STANAG magazines so a supply of available magazines would not be an issue for the Maute Group, which makes extensive use of AR-15 pattern small arms. Primary sources for these guns are local black markets, weapons captured from Filipino military and law enforcement, and limited numbers of craft-produced copies.
The SS1-V1 is a close, although not exact, copy of the FN Herstal FNC, produced under license by the Indonesian state-owned PT Pindad armory. It entered service with Indonesian military and law enforcement entities in 1991, but was subsequently supplemented and eventually replaced by the SS2 model in the early 2000s; the latter is essentially an FNC design with more substantial modifications. Operating as a select fire, magazine-fed, gas-operated rifle, the SS1-V1 is currently still in service with Indonesian security forces in a reserve capacity, and has been exported to several other states outside the Southeast Asia region. It remains available from the manufacturer today.
Calibre: 5.56 x 45 mm
Overall length (buttstock extended): 997 mm
Overall length (buttstock folded): 753 mm
Barrel length: 449 mm
Weight (w/ empty magazine): 4.06 kg
Feed device: 30-round detachable magazine
Technical specifications and SS1-V1 rifle image taken from the PT Pindad website.
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