Rifle ignorance - what is this weapon?

#4
My money would be on it being this..



The LM&T L7, the new DMR for the British forces.....supposedly.
 
#5
I can't read the markings properly... is it .223 or a big and manly .308?
 

Mongo

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#8
petergriffen said:
My money would be on it being this..
The LM&T L7, the new DMR for the British forces.....supposedly.
I don't think it is the L7, the gas block looks completely different. Also, the RAS on the one the squaddie is holding doesn't appear to match the L7's. And the squaddie-rifle appears to have the standard M16 type mag release catch, whereas it looks like the L7 has an ambidextrous mag release catch.
 
#9
misterp said:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Marine_Corps_Squad_Advanced_Marksman_Rifle

its clearly this, i read before it think arrse that it was loaned from the usmc
Yeah on balance it fit's the pic better...but the one I posted is (I'm 99%) the new Brit DMR.....although the guy who told me, is not happy.
 
#11
Because it was chosen over the HK417.

LM7 is basically a 'militarised' civvy target rifle and while its a trifle gun-geekish I believe it uses direct gas impingement and AR-15 style bolts/gas systems are known for being fiddly buggers to clean/maintain

The HK417 uses a short stroke gas piston design so you get less muck in the chamber/bolt face.

The LM7 also lacks full auto and as you can see is a long gun, the HK417 at least has a telescopic stock, full auto and a barrel better suited to military loads/number of those loads put through it.

Only advantage I can see the LM7 having is price as 'ze Germans' are known to price their kit (Somewhat justifiably) quite high.
 
#12
doesnt make sense to me,

i think you'll find the mod have bought hk 417s it doesnt make sense for them to buy a completely new weapon of an american company.

most ar 10 types can take an telescopic butt
 
#13
It is a standard issue (USMC) M-16. It was "borrowed", along with others, from the the USMC prior to Panchai Palang. The bloke who sorted it out was a Master Sniper attached to the Light Dragoons.

He got them for all the spotters as he thought it would a better solution than the L85A2. I can't say if it was but it did the job.

KFM
 
#14
misterp said:
doesnt make sense to me,

i think you'll find the mod have bought hk 417s it doesnt make sense for them to buy a completely new weapon of an american company.

most ar 10 types can take an telescopic butt
I know most AR varients can take a telescopic but (after all its just a choice of what you stick on the buffer/recoil spring tube) and that HK417s have been procured...but apparently only for issue to certain people. The LM thingy above is apparently meant to be a more general issue thing and while it would be nice to give everyone who needs one a HK417 I imagine the cost would be prohibitive.

And since when has making sense and the MoD gone hand in hand? :?

Anyway, I'm just a spotterish civvy with some hearsay info is all, winding neck in :)
 
#16
Pillager said:
Maybe we should trial the two against one another?
:x
CHEERS glad to know the feedback helpled!

(editted because too much bile and vitriol is bad for me)
The HK417 was in the trials against the L7(amongst others) and the MOD selected the L7. Apparantly accuracy was not as good on the 417. I was under the impression the L7 is NOT gas impingement. Specs called for was for telescopic butt. The MOD have bought a small quantity of the L7's, around the 50 mark, so expect to see a few appear on Herrick on a battlefield near you soon!
 
#17
The trial troops asked for more than a telescopic butt!
and the decision was made prior to the trial reports!

A non stainless barrel and full auto being their main two concerns.
Concessions to the L7 failings extended to the addition of a gangster grip to make it more fightable in CQB - how a cqb rifle can work without auto is something Im not party too. Im simple!
 
#18
having heard about the bone questions MOD were asking about the new sniper rifle.
e.g. does a sniper rifle really need a night sight :?
anything is possible :evil:
 
#20
Para-dox is correct. The pictured weapon is NOT an LM7. The picture of the LM308MWS is the civilian version of the LM7. Indeed, I hear that the LM7 is the new rifle - designation L129A1. It uses a gas tube, as per AR10 and Stoner designs, but with what reports indicate to be a very accurate stainless barrel.........
 
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