The Lithuanian Armed Forces will give 50 machine guns and 8,000 rounds of ammunition to the civilian paramilitary organization Riflemen’s Union, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
The German-made machine guns, which are in good working order but not used by the army, and ammunition will be entrusted to the Riflemen’s Union for a period of ten years, according to the ministry. “These machine guns will provide the riflemen with an opportunity to train to use NATO-standard compliant weapons,” it said in a press release. In 2016, the military transferred 500 automatic rifles to the Riflemen’s Union. The organization says it has almost 11,000 members.