I don't know it is really any less scary but Ruger Mini 14s are easy to field strip and far easier to clean than AR 15, plus they don't have to be dental tool clean. Yet somehow the AR snobs find their way into comments section of the article to do a 'got ya' of "Oh those French need to upgrade, those Mini 14s are yesterday guns and can't hold groups.... blah blah blah." It amazes me how much they can troll. It's like any time anyone has success with a Ruger Mini some AR snob has to justify the hundreds if not thousands of dollars more he put into his gun to 'prove' it was money well spent compared to the guy who just bought a Mini 14 who actually got a set of iron sights with his gun and scope rings... unlike most budget ARs, some people I tell you man.. lol! Sorry mini rant I know! Mini you get that ? Ok seriously that is cool to know other countries do use it.
I have been lusting after the classy checkered walnut stocks with the sling/oiler slot a la M1 Carbine. As you can see, the charging handle is quite different than our Mini's, as is the mag release. Also note the "giggle switch" selector on the right rear of the receiver for single, 3 round burst and full auto.
Apparently the select fire Mini's are issued to the Federal Police, while French prison guards only get the semi-auto version. Some of these semi-auto ones are being sold to civilians there.]
Local police mainly relies on glock (they have some level of freedom to choose). Federal police on s&w mp9. The latter replaced their hi-powers with the mp9 in 2011. Since then that s&w crap all had to be taken back to the factory to fix a production error and an investigation has been started about corruption during the gun selection process. It was a stupid decision....Can't tell much about the Belgian handguns. The French are using SIG P-2022 9mm's. One camera focussed on the butt of a Belgian pistol, but all I could tell was that it was a thick-butted one with probably a double column magazine, probably a Browning Hi-Power.