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L115A3

Sniper rifle

L115A3

The British L115A3 is one of the best sniper rifles in the world

 
 
Country of origin United Kingdom
Entered service 2007
Caliber .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6x70 mm)
Weight 6.8 kg
Length 1 300 mm
Barrel length ~ 686 mm
Muzzle velocity ~ 936 m/s
Magazine capacity 5 rounds
Range of effective fire 1 500 - 1 700 m

 

   The L115A3 is a British designation of a modified Arctic Warfare Magnum sniper rifle. In 1996 the Arctic Warfare Magnum rifle, chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6x70 mm) ammunition, was adopted by the British Armed Forces as the L115A1. It was used by the British Army, Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force regiment. In 2007 deliveries of an improved L115A3 began. This weapon has some improvements over the L115A1, such as a different scope, side-folding buttstock with adjustable cheek piece, different bipod and a sound supressor. A total of 580 L115A3 rifles were delivered to the British Armed Forces. These sniper rifles saw action during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

   The L115A3 is a bolt-action sniper rifle. It is chambered for a powerful .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. This cartridge was specially designed for military snipers as long-range sniping ammunition. Its effective range is comparable with that of .50 BMG (12.7x99 mm) cartridge, though the .338 Lapua Magnum develops significantly less kinetic energy and penetration. In some cases the .338 Lapua Magnum round can reportedly penetrate armored glass.

   The L115A3 rifle has an effective range of 1 500-1 700 meters. It can neutralize enemy snipers at standoff range. The L115A3 is one of the best sniper rifles in the world.

   In 2009 the second longest sniper kill in history was made with the L115A3 rifle in Afghanistan. A British Army sniper Craig Harrison killed two Taliban fighters at a range of 2 475 meters. At the time it was the longest sniper kill ever made.

   This weapon is fed from detachable 5-round capacity magazines.

   This sniper rifle has a folding buttstock. This feature reduces the length of the weapon. So  the L115A3 is more comfortable to carry in a backpack than rifles with solid buttstocks. Another improvement over the L115A1 was adjustable cheek piece. It allows the sniper to comfortably align his eye with the scope.

   The L115A3 comes with a new adjustable bipod. There is also a monopod. These allow the sniper to support the rifle in a set position while locating the target.

   This weapon has a Picatinny-type rail and comes with with a 5-25x magnification day sight.

   The L115A3 can mount a sound suppressor. It reduces the sound and noise signature, hence reduces the chance of detection and increases survivability of the sniper.

 

 
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