The future of the L29A1 sharp shooter

#1
What's gonna' happen to the sharp shooter when we pull out of Afghan ? Is it still going to be part of the section ?
 
#2
theres only 450 of them.


yep, thats more then enough to equip every section left in about 3 years.
 
#4
That was just the initial purchase the M.O.D ordered more . I can see it staying as the spotters rifle in a sniper pair.
 
#5
Wasn't it a UOR though?

So presumably if it's to be a piece of future kit, they'll have to do a proper procurement process which it may or may not win.
 
#7
The service life of the L129A1 is forecast till 2015, so just after picking up the brass in Helmand. They only brought enough to cover Herrick and training so not enough to issue out to the Infantry once its all done. I predict they'll go the way of the Riot Gun and rot in Donnington or they can be easily sold back to LMT/ LEI to sell on the US civvie market.
 

Alsacien

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#8
The service life of the L129A1 is forecast till 2015, so just after picking up the brass in Helmand. They only brought enough to cover Herrick and training so not enough to issue out to the Infantry once its all done. I predict they'll go the way of the Riot Gun and rot in Donnington or they can be easily sold back to LMT/ LEI to sell on the US civvie market.
US market? Sod that, why should the septics get first dibs, I want [and can legally have] one.
 
#9
Seems a bit of a waste really
 
#12
Ex military rifles on the US market? Didn't the GCA 68 ban that? That would mean that Alsacien and I would be spoilt for choice. Decisions, decisions, life is soooooo hard.
 

Alsacien

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#13
Ex military rifles on the US market? Didn't the GCA 68 ban that? That would mean that Alsacien and I would be spoilt for choice. Decisions, decisions, life is soooooo hard.
There would still be 448 available.....

The thing that hacks me off is the big US importers buying in bulk at source for next to rock all, then retailing them in the US for 30-60% of what they would fetch in Europe. Just because the European market is more fractured and nobody is big enough to want the hassle of retailing in a dozen or so countries.
M41b being a case to point, I still want a good one at a good price, but it ain't gonna happen, I've looked for 5-6 years...
 
#14
there's no reason why they couldn't have sold off the cadet L98A1's as perfectly legal straight pulls on the UK civvy shooting market.

but they didn't/wouldn't.
 

Alsacien

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#20
Sell them to Civilian Police Forces around the UK, quality weapon made by a quality bespoke company.
Police forces are skint too.

Maybe just as well, as tasering a geriatric blind guy with a white stick thinking he was sword wielding maniac suggests restraint in their level of armament....
 

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