Calibre 5.56 mm - Weight 4.98 kg (with loaded magazine and optical sight) - Length 785 mm - Barrel Length 518 mm - Muzzle Velocity 940 m/s -Feed 30 round magazine - Effective Range 400 m - Cyclic Rate of Fire 610-775 rounds per minute (More like 7, infact)
SA80 is the designation for a revolutionary family of assault weapons. On its introduction, the L85 Individual Weapon (IW) proved so accurate that the Army marksmanship tests had to be redesigned.
One new Under slung Grenade Launcher (UGL), designed to be mounted beneath the barrel of the IW, will be issued to each fire team, replacing the Rifle Grenade General Service (RGGS) and 51mm mortar â€“ significantly reducing the ammunition load the infantry section carries, while enhancing its capabilities. The UGL will be able to fire 40mm High Explosive (HE), smoke and illuminating rounds out to a range of 350 m to destroy, obscure or indicate enemy positions.
"Small Arms for the 80's, says it all really. finally fixed in the 21st century but while the mechanical problems have been resolved, it doesn't make it much of a weapon."
Real reflection of the UK governments continuing commitment to its armed forces personal.... *ahem*