just come back from a weekend of conversion training on LSW and SA80 A2 Trained and fired the SA80 quite impressed and consider it a useful training tool for target shooting, the drills is exactly the same as the LSW, although you don't need to forward assist as the spring is just as strong, you have to include it in the training because it is in the Training Manual. from what I understand the LSW and GP will be withdrawn and replaced by the A2 with the change lever set permanently to "R" for Cadet use only. the cadets needs to be aware that there is more of a recoil with this one as the gas piston kicks backward unlike the GP. as far as I am aware the GP has until 2010 before needing urgent replacement due to wear and tear along with limited spares, eventually there will be too few GPs to continue viable training. The big question is when the changes will be coming in, my guess is as good as yours, it can only be a good thing, once implemented.