You forgot 85 Pattern clothing. Utter gash.I guess a main consideration is the real back-to-back comparison for most was they did years with the SLR, then were handed the A1 SA80 - as was I. It was pooh, accurate when it worked and the mag hadn't fallen off, otherwise it didn't instil confidence. Op Granby did little to change that, and I can't recall Bos & Kos changing anyone's mind either.
Perhaps if they went directly from the SLR to the A3, the conversation would be quite different.
Was there any standard issue kit that was decent in the 80's & 90's for the average Squaddie, remembering that lower down the food chain 58 webbing was still standard stuff for lots and BCH were wrecking people's feet for fun?
So, I suppose the answer is 'no'.