Beryl wz. 96
Beryl wz. 96, its official designation as being 5.56 Assault Rifle Model 96 Beryl (5,56 karabin szturmowy wz. 96 Beryl) is a construction based on Polish Tantal wz. 90 assault rifle. Tantal wz. 90 (also known as Tantaloberyl) was a 5.56x45 mm chambered version of Tantal wz. 88, which itself was based on Polish prototype of AKMS wz. 80 assault rifle, the direct descendant of the Soviet AKMS. Beryl wz. 96 was accepted as a service weapon by Polish Armed Forces in 1997. Beryl is a gas operated weapon with long stroke gas piston system. Gas chamber is located above the barrel. Gun utilizes AK style rotating bolt with two lugs and a stamped receiver. On the right side of the receiver there is a safety lever which unlike the other guns from AK family does not double as fire selector. When in safe mode, the lever locks the slide, the bolt, and the trigger. Fire selector lever is also located on the left side of the receiver, and it has positions for single, full automatic and 3-round burst modes. Beryl can fire 5.56x45 mm M193, and 5.56x45 mm SS109 cartridges. Gun is fed from a plastic 30 or 20-round double column magazine. Magazine latch is located in front of the trigger guard. Tantal wz. 88 magazines could be used in Beryl, but at the cost of reduced capacity of 17 5.56x45 mm rounds instead of regular 30. The barrel lenght is 457 mm with 6 grooves and 1 in 9 inch right hand twist rate. The muzzle is terminated with a flash supressor which could be used to launch rifle grenades. Flash supressor also accepts bayonet or blanks firing adaptor. The folding bipod could be attached under the barrel. Weapon has folding steel stock. Pistol grip, forestock and upper handguard are made out of plastic material. There are provisions to mount Polish Pallad wz. 74 underbarrel grenade launcher. The original Polish long accessory rail, or alternately long Picatinny rail could be installed above the receiver. Short Picatinny rail could also be mounted above rear sight. Beryl open rear sight is graduated from 100 to 1000 meters at 100 meter intervals.
5,56mm karabinek wz. 96 "Mini Beryl"
Mini-Beryl, its official designation as being 5.56 Carbine Model 96 Mini-Beryl (5,56 karabinek wz. 96 Mini-Beryl) is a short version of Beryl wz. 96 assault rifle. Mini-Beryl is based on Polish Onyks which was a short version of Tantal wz. 88 assault rifle. Mini-Beryl can fire 5.56x45 mm M193 and 5.56x45 mm SS109 cartridges. Weapon is fed from a plastic 30 or 20-round double column magazine. (Same as standard Beryl). Gun has 235 mm long barrel with 6 grooves and 1 in 9 inch right hand twist rate. The muzzle is terminated with a flash supressor which could be used to launch rifle grenades, but launching the grenades requires use of special goggles to be used by the shooter. Blanks firing adaptor could also be mounted on the flash supressor. The safety is located on the right side of a receiver, and it locks the slide, the bolt and the trigger. Fire selector lever is located on a left side of the receiver, and it has positions for single, full automatic, and 3-round burst modes. Mini-Beryl has a folding steel stock, plastic pistol grip, plastic forestock with fixed foregrip and a plastic upper handguard. Weapon has open sights graduated for 400 meters. Picatinny rail is located behind the rear sight. Initially Mini-Beryl was not a popular weapon, but recently it replaced Polish PM-84P submachine gun in the first line squads of Polish Armed Forces.
Beryl Commando
Beryl-Commando, photo was reproduced from commercial ad in Polish "Broń i Amunicja" (Arms and Ammo) magazine
Beryl-Commando (initialy named incorrectly as Beryl-Comando) is a prototype middle-size version of Beryl wz. 96 assault rifle. Beryl-Commando can fire 5.56x45 mm M193 and 5.56x45 mm SS109 cartridges. Weapon is fed from 30 or 20-round double column magazine. (Same as in other Beryl versions). Its barrel is 375 mm long with 6 grooves and 1 in 9 inch right hand twist rate. The muzzle is terminated with a flash supressor which could be used to launch rifle grenades. The flash supressor could be replaced with a silencer. The AK style safety lever is mounted on the right side of the receiver. Fire selector lever is located on a left side of the receiver, and it has positions for single shot, full automatic, and 3-round burst modes. There is also a version having fire selector lever on both sides of the receiver for single shot or full auto modes, doubling as a safety, but its design is different from AK style safety lever. Beryl-Commando has a steel folding stock. Pistol grip, handguard and upper handguard are made out of plastic material. Prototype version of Beryl-Commando from 2007 was equipped with M4 style telescopic stock, forestock, and four Picatinny rails.
Radom Sport
Radom-Sport (also known as Beryl IPSC) is a semiautomatic sport version of Beryl assault rifle. Radom-Sport can fire 5.56x45 mm M193 and 5.56x45 mm SS109 cartridges. The weapon is fed from 30 or 20-round plastic double column magazine. (Same as in other Beryl versions). Gun barrel is 457 mm long, with 6 grooves and 1 in 9 inch right hand twist rate. Muzzle is terminated with flash supressor. There is a latch under the barrel for bipod mounting. AK style safety lever is located on the right side of the receiver. Radom-Sport has a longer steel folding stock, plastic pistol grip, plastic hanguard and plastic upper handguard. The weapon has an open and folding front sight and a diopter. Picatinny rail is located behind the rear sight.
version
5,56mm kbs wz. 96
"Beryl"
5,56mm kbk wz. 96 "Mini
Beryl"
Radom-Sport
cartridge
5.56x45mm
5.56x45mm
5.56x45mm
muzzle velocity
920m/s
770m/s
920m/s
muzzle energy
1690J (SS109)
1186J (SS109)
1690J (SS109)
barrel lenght
457mm
235mm
457mm
lenght
742mm with stock
collapsed

943mm with stock
extended
525mm with stock
collapsed

730mm with stock
extended
742mm with stock
collapsed

990mm with stock
extended
weight
3.36kg without magazine

3.9kg without full load 30
rounds magazine
3kg without magazine

3.54kg with full load 30
rounds magazine
3.5kg without magazine

4.04kg with full load 30
rounds magazine
fire selector
single shot, 3 rounds burst
and ful auto
single shot, 3 rounds burst
and ful auto
only single shot
rate of fire
700 rpm
700 rpm
only single shot fire
From left: magazine from M16, magazine from Galil, modified magazine from Galil and magazine from Beryl (Courtesy of 061)
From left: magazine from M16, magazine from Galil, modified magazine from Galil and magazine from Beryl (Courtesy of 061)
Beryl magazine from left: magazine from black polymer, early magazine from semi-translucent polymer, late magazine from semi-translucent polymer, magazine with dual magazine clip clamp
Beryl magazine from left: magazine from black polymer, early magazine from semi-translucent polymer, late magazine from semi-translucent polymer, magazine with dual magazine clip clamp
Beryl magazine from left: magazine from black polymer, early magazine from semi-translucent polymer, late magazine from semi-translucent polymer, magazine with dual magazine clip clamp
Beryl magazine from left: magazine from black polymer, early magazine from semi-translucent polymer, late magazine from semi-translucent polymer, magazine with dual magazine clip clamp
semi-translucent polymer Beryl magazine, late production
Damaged early production semi-translucent polymer Beryl magazine. Courtesy 061
Beryl wz. 96 TDI Arms front grip and foreguard, Magpul stock, and Aimpoint M68 CCO sight. Courtesy 061
Beryl wz. 96 TDI Arms front grip and foreguard, Magpul stock, and Aimpoint M68 CCO sight. Courtesy 061
Beryl wz. 96 with modified magazine from Galil, but Beryl can not reliably feed from modified Galil mags (Courtesy of 061)
Beryl wz. 96 in camouflage pattern (Courtesy of 061)
Beryl with telescopic stock and five Picatinny rail (Courtesy of Jakub Link-Lenczowski from Polish Guns and Ammo equivalent "Broń i Amunicja")
Beryl with telescopic stock and five Picatinny rails (Courtesy of Jakub Link-Lenczowski)
Mini-Beryl US with silencer
Beryl wz. 96 with Pallad wz. 74 underbarrel grenade launcher 
Beryl wz. 96 with bipod and PCS-6 night vision sight