Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gun of the Day- "God Save the Queen" Edition

The SA80 Family

Production history
Designed 1970s–1980s
Manufacturer: BAE Systems
Heckler & Koch
Produced: 1985–1994
Number built: Approx. 350,000
Variants: L85A1 Rifle
L85A2 Rifle
L86A1 Light Support Weapon
L86A2 Light Support Weapon
L22A1 Carbine
L98A1 Cadet Rifle
L98A2 Cadet Rifle
Weight: 3.82 kg (8.4 lb) (L85A1 empty)
4.98 kg (11.0 lb) (L85A1 with SUSAT sight and loaded 30 round magazine)
6.58 kg (14.5 lb) (L86A1 LSW)
4.42 kg (9.7 lb) (L22A1)
Length: 785 mm (30.9 in) (L85A1)
900 mm (35.4 in) (L86A1 LSW)
709 mm (27.9 in) (L22A1)
Barrel length: 518 mm (20.4 in) (L85A1)
646 mm (25.4 in) (L86A1 LSW)
442 mm (17.4 in) (L22A1)
Cartridge: 5.56x45mm NATO
Action: Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire: 610–775 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity: 940 m/s (3,084 ft/s) (L85A1)
970 m/s (3,182.4 ft/s) (L86A1 LSW)
Effective range: 450 m with iron sights, 650 m with SUSAT (L85A2)
850 m (L86 LSW)
Feed system: 30-round detachable STANAG magazine
Sights: Telescopic SUSAT or ACOG scopes, aperture iron sights

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