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L85A3

Assault rifle

L85A3

The L85A3 is a new British assault rifle, that was first revealed in 2016

 
 
Country of origin United Kingdom
Entered service ?
Caliber 5.56 x 45 mm
Weight (empty) ~ 4 kg
Weight (empty, with grenade launcher) ~ 5.5 kg
Length ~ 780 mm
Barrel length ~ 518 mm
Muzzle velocity ~ 900 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire ~ 650 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 100 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire 500 m

 

   The L85A3 is a further upgraded variant of the L85A2 assault rifle, which is currently a standard-issue infantry weapon with the British Forces. It looks like it was developed as a part of future soldier program. A prototype of the L85A3 was first publicly revealed in 2016. It is a proposed upgrade for existing L85A2 rifles. The main goal was to extend service life of this weapon until 2025 and beyond. Despite all shortcomings of the L85 design, the British Forces are still using these weapons.

   The L85A3 is a gas-operated, selective-fire weapon with a bullpup layout. The main advantage of the such layout is the overall compactness of the weapon. This assault rifle is chambered for the standard NATO 5.56x45 mm round. Internally this weapon is generally similar to the US Armalite AR-18. It follows the lines of the L85A2, but has some changes. The L85A3 has got a redesigned upper receiver and some other changes.

   A fire mode selector is located well behind the magazine, on the left side of the receiver. It has settings for "semi-auto" and "full-auto". A separate safety button is located above the trigger. Though the L85A3 is not ambidextrous. Extraction is only to the right side.

   This assault rifle is fed from a 30-round capacity magazines. A prototype of the L85A3, that was revealed in 2016, was fitted with a polymer magazine, developed by Magpul. These magazines were purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. The magazine has a clear round counting window. This handy feature allows to see how much rounds are left in the magazine. This assault rifle is also compatible with other magazines, developed for the L85A2, including two types of steel magazines, used by the British Forces.

   The new upper receiver comes with a full-length Picatinny type scope rail. It comes with new 4x magnification scope. The L85A3 can also mount various red dot or night vision sights. Also there are simple iron sights for emergency use. There is a tendency in with the British Forces, that second-line troops are issued with weapons that have only simple iron sights, without the scope. Range of effective fire is around 500 meters using the scope.

   Also the L85A3 has got a new foregrip with accessory rails. It can mount various add-ons, such as vertical foregrip, tactical flashlight or laser pointer. The new weapon is compatible with German HK AG36 40 mm underbarrel grenade launcher. It was adopted by the British Forces as the L123A2. The same grenade launcher is used on the L85A2 assault rifle. The L85A2 is capable of launching rifle grenades, but only if the grenade launcher is not installed.

 
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