Just wondering what current/ex serving personnel here think of the SA80 branch of weapons? As far as I'm aware the 'standard' infantry assault rifle is the L85 IW or SA80A2. How does the rifle handle having been improved by Heckler & Koch to the A1 and other versions? Is it still plagued by problems? I've also read that the L86 LSW has largely/totally been replaced by the L110A1 FN Minimi. Criticism of the LSW beiing it has poor reliability and inability to deliver sustained automatic fire. The inability to sustain automatic fire is down to being magazine rather than belt fed. Also the weapon has been noted to become unreliable during hot or cold conditions. Can anyone here testify to that? The L22A1 Carbine was supposed to be used by tank crews but now it's only used by Apache helicopter pilots. It has a shorter barrel and the hand grip is vertical rather than a forward one. Yet it's not been produced in large quantities. How does it handle? According to the Wikipedia entry I found it states that in a issue of Jane's IDR (International Defence Review) it says other weapons tested included the Diemaco C7, Heckler & Koch G36, and Steyr Aug, all of which were surpassed by the L85A2 in both accuracy and reliability. I always imagined that the most suitable infantry rifles are the G36 or Steyr Aug. The one drawback with a bullpup rifle is that you can only fire it from one side, unless it ejects the casings forward. Has anyone tested/handled the G36/Steyr Aug? How do they compare to the SA80A2? SA80 Guardian Article Apologies if this topic has been covered in another thread, just interested in knowing what people think. I'm hoping to learn more too in the process.