British adopting AR-10 style sharpshooter rifle

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The British Army will be receiving AR-10 style rifles to help them engage the Taliban at distances beyond the range of their 5.56mm L85 rifles. The new L129A1 will be used in a designated marksmen role. Janes reports

In a USD2.5 million deal the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Law Enforcement International (LEI) to supply 440 LM7 semi-automatic rifles.

To be redesignated the L129A1, the gas-operated weapon carries a 20-round magazine, is 945 mm long and weighs 5 kg. It will be manufactured by Lewis Machine & Tool Company in the United States, with deliveries expected to begin in early 2010.

Features of the weapon include a single-piece upper receiver and free-floating, quick-change barrels available in 305 mm, 406 mm and 508 mm. It has four Picatinny rails with a 540 mm top rail for night vision, thermal and image intensifying optics. Stock options include fixed or retractable versions.

The L129A1

I wonder why they did not pull FALs out of storage as an interim solution as US forces have done with the M14.

[Hat Tip: Soldier Systems]

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  • Idahoguy101 Idahoguy101 on Jun 06, 2013

    Perhaps their new AR-10 style rifles are more accurate than the old British SLRs

  • Ian Ian on Jan 02, 2014

    I suspect the old SLRs were scrapped or sold on- the UK govenrernm generally doesn't keep stocks of od weapons.

    Some of theSLRs may have been givne to pro-gov't forces iin Sierra Leone.