UK selects 7.62 mm Sharpshooter weapon for Afghan ops

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  1. UK selects 7.62 mm Sharpshooter weapon for Afghan ops
    By Andrew White
    29 December 2009

    The L129A1 will provide UK forces with a sharpshooting capability to combat insurgents out to 800 m (LEI)

    UK forces are to receive a semi-automatic 7.62 mm x 51 mm 'sharpshooter' weapon to combat Taliban forces engaging beyond the maximum effective range of the 5.56 mm L85A2 assault rifle.

    In a USD2.5 million deal the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Law Enforcement International (LEI) to supply 440 LM7 semi-automatic rifles.

    The urgent operational requirement follows calls from troops on the ground for a weapon that can be comfortably patrolled with, can be rapidly initiated and provide an increased range for contacts out to 800 m.

    To be redesignated the L129A1, the gas-operated weapon carries a 20-round magazine, is 945 mm long and weighs 5 kg. It will be manufactured by Lewis Machine & Tool Company in the United States, with deliveries expected to begin in early 2010.
  2. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    So why not just put a decent scope on an SLR and use that?
  3. Because the SLR isn't accurate enough.

    Can't some of you people get your heads out of the stone age?
  4. Smudge - how dare you! The outrage bus will be out if you say things like that :p (i.e - the truth)
  5. I know I know! The novelty of using a brand new weapons system, that doesn't involve reinventing an old 7.62mm piece of tin that the old and crustys swear by on here. The SLR was average at best as a rifle.
  6. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    burn the witch
  7. :wink:
  8. Smudge, you realise you have killed off at least 3 old and bolds via cardiac arrest with that statement? :D
  9. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    And some of us still didn't get that issued sense of humour? Not everything is deadly deadly serious grumpy one.
  10. Quality. Should I etch 3 more lines on my old SLR butt? Could someone kindly post the ears to me. I'll pay postage.
  11. :D
  12. Why not? We're not talking about a sniper rifle. A decent 'scope and decent firer should be able to pull it off up to 800m.
  13. Let me think. The weight, accuracy, overall standard, and materials (to name but a few) used in todays firearms are all superior.

    Bar that, the SLR is perfect :roll:
  14. :wink: