Q. Why did we not scrap SA80 A1 when we had the chance and buy from the HK Wpn system instead of rehashing to SA80 A2. A. Cost of purchase would have been cheaper but a lot of hidden costs in re-racking armouries, re-tooling REME etc and some idle SASC bloke would have to re-write the pams. (This probably swayed the argument or the decision maker had already bought shares first) Q. Why did we develop SA80 in ther first place instead of buying off the shelf something decent and tested? A. Most MOD procurement tied up with Department of Trade and Industry (DTi) and HMG insisted that UK retained a Small Arms Manufacturing capability thus the production of our most beloved SA80. SA80A2 Good points Reliable Accurate (with SUZAT) Standard NATO round 5.56mm Bad points (Everything else) Poor standard sight (iron) Can only be fired from the right shoulder. The main reason why our SF don't normally touch it with a barge pole. (This is probably the worst feature of the weapon) All military weapons MUST be completely ambidextrous and able to be fired from either shoulder so soldiers can make best use of cover without exposing the body to fire. HK Wpn System Good points Complete range of Wpns made by same company (must be cheeper in the long run) bugger the DTi! All weapons fully ambidextrous. Use standard NATO 5.56 or 9mm Heres my shopping list from HK: Pistols - P2000 or USP. (I know a lot of people still swear by the Browning) Why are we one of the few armies in the world not to carry a pistol as a second wpn? Sub-machine guns - MP5A4 9mm (single shot, 3 rnd burst or full auto) (Completely ambidextrous) Assault Rifle - G36 K 5.56mm, 30 rnd mag, dual sighting system. Mounting rail for AG36 40mm Gren launcher or tactical light. folding stock. Various versions and sizes including the G36C, 5.56 but the dimensions of a SMG. HK33 and 53 Rifles and Carbines HK21E and 23E 7.62 GPMGs (very impressive stats) Good to hear comparisons with our GPMG? Sniper Rifle - PSG1 7.62mm. Any snipers out there tried it out?? Grenade Launcher - this is the icing on the cake! HK GMG 40mm Granade Machine Gun. Range up to 2.2k. Linked 40mm ammo capacity 32 rds. Rate of fire 350rds/min. Ammo types - CS, HE, AP, nonleathal and flares. Heckler & Koch (GB) have a sales team who are delighted to bring a selection of weapons for you to have a play on a big firing concentration. Can lower moral when the blokes see what procurement should have bought us!!