Enfield Rifle/Bren/SLR 7.62
No. 4 Mk I Enfield Rifle
This infantry rifle was also one of the first, full production, standard issue, weapon to utilize the aperture style rear sights, now seen on all modern military rifles. Combining a "ghost ring" style (large aperture) battle sight preset for 300 yards and a flip-up micrometer sight (small aperture) graduated from 200 yds to a very optimistic 1300 yds. The larger "battle sight" made for easier target acquisition in fast moving battle situations, fighting in built up area's (towns and buildings) and in low light conditions. Whereas the micrometer sight provided for more accurate timely, known distance shooting.
Other changes were, the direct to barrel, attachment of the "spike" bayonet, an improved bolt securing catch that required a spring loaded plunger, located behind the charger bridge, to be depressed while inserting or removing the bolt head into or out of, it's raceway. As well as a superior design for adjusting headspace, by use of 4 different lengths of threaded bolt heads. Headspace could now be checked in the field and adjusted by the unit armourer, simply by threading in a larger or smaller bolthead as required. Issued to all airborne forces.
No. 1 Mk III (S.M.L.E.) Enfield Rifle
The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Rifle, or SMLE,was in use in the 1940s (Dunkirk) battles and the North Africa campaigns (however, the No. 4 Mk. I was used by airborne forces in Tunisia).
No. 5 Enfield (Jungle Carbine)
Late in World War II, jungle warfare brought home the necessity of light equipment and simplicity. Though the No. 4 rifle was extremely resistant to rust, mud and rough treatment, it was still heavy and long. It was decided that a light, short carbine was needed to suit the demands of jungle fighting, the quick answer was to cut down the No. 4.
A gas operated weapon, it fired the same .303 British rounds as the standard Lee Enfield rifle at a rate between 480 and 540 rpm, depending on the model. A disadvantage of the weapon was that its rate of fire was much slower than that of its German counterparts. Also, it only accepted magazines, and so demanded more frequent reloading than did belt fed machine guns. The Bren was typically used with a 30 round magazine that in practice was filled to 28 rounds to prevent jamming. There was also a 100 round drum available for Brens in an anti-aircraft role.
Some considered the Bren too accurate because its cone of fire was extremely concentrated. Its weight also stretched the definition of "light" machine gun, because it was often partially disassembled and its parts carried by two soldiers when on long marches.
Despite these seeming shortcomings, it was popular with British troops who respected the Bren for its high reliability and combat effectiveness. Re-barrelled to 7.62 mm NATO and renamed the LMG, it was used by the British Army until the late 1970s.
Standard FN - SLR 7.62mm
The FN rifle is gas operated, and works on a tilting bolt locking principle. The bolt has to be locked at the moment of discharge in order to contain the pressures generated when fired, and this is achieved by the bolt riding inside a carrier and being tipped down at the rear to lock into a shoulder in the receiver. The “gas operated” designation means that the mechanism is worked by a gas piston within a tube above the barrel, utilising gas bled off from behind the bullet as it passes the gas port. Feed is by means of a 20 round detachable box magazine
EM2 - 1947 forunner of current S80
SA80 is the designation for a revolutionary family of assault weapons. On its introduction, the L85 Individual Weapon (IW) proved so accurate that the Army marksmanship tests had to be redesigned. The British Army uses the L85 Individual Weapon that replaced the rifle and sub-machine gun, and the L86 Light Support Weapon (LSW) that produces higher volumes of fire and is effective at longer ranges. An infantry section consists of two four-man fire teams armed with SA80s: three IWs and one LSW
L86 Light Support Weapon
Calibre 5.56 mm
L96 Sniper Rifle
Calibre: L96, AW, AW Police, AW Folding: 7.62x51mm
NATO (.308 win); Super Magnum: .338 Lapua (8.60x70mm), .300 Win
Mag, 7mm Rem Mag
5.56mm Light Machine Gun -FN Minimi
L115A3 Long Range Rifle .
L115A3 long range rifleBritish snipers fulfil a vital and enduring role on the battlefield, in terms of intelligence-gathering, target identification and eliminating high value targets. This year they have been using a new weapon, 'the best .338 sniper rifle in the world'.
Unveiled earlier this year the L115A3 rifle, part of the Sniper System Improvement Programme (SSIP), is a larger calibre weapon which provides state-of-the-art telescopic day and night all-weather sights, increasing a sniper's effective range considerably.
The first batch of SSIP systems was deployed to Afghanistan with members of 16 Air Assault Brigade in May 2008 with subsequent deliveries being made to training units across the UK.
Designed to achieve a first-round hit at 600 metres and harassing fire out to 1,100 metres, Accuracy International's L96 sniper rifle has also been upgraded with a new x3-x12 x 50 sight and spotting scope.
The L115A3 long range rifle fires an 8.59mm bullet which is heavier than the 7.62mm round of the L96 and less likely to be deflected over extremely long ranges.
Other elements of the Sniper System Improvement Programme include night sights, spotting scopes, laser range finders and tripods.
L115A3 Rifle Parts
Accuracy International AS50 sniper rifle (Great Britain)
Caliber: 12.7x99mm / .50BMG
L129A1 'Sharpshooter' Rifle For UK Forces
The L129A1 Sharpshooter rifle being demonstrated by a British
soldier. As shown, the weapon's Picatinny rail system accomodates
a folding foregrip, adjustable bi-pod and an ACOG 6x sight.
The rifle, designated the L129A1, is a version of the LM7 as supplied by the US firm, Law Enforcement International (LEI). The L129A1 features a 20-round magazine, retractable stock, rails for mounting scopes and accessories and a 16 inch stainless steel, rapid-change barrel.
The L129A1 will replace the aging 7.62mm L96 rifles in the 'sharpshooter' role ie engaging targets out to 800 meters. Sharpshooters are trained to a grade below snipers, who are typically armed with the .338 caliber L115A3 rifle. While the bolt-action L96 is an accurate weapon it is not as suitable for a soldier assigned to an infantry squad as a semi-automatic rifle such as the L129A1. UK Special Forces (UKSF) sharpshooters use the semi-automatic 7.62mmx51mm HK417, a rifle that was reportedly considered for the new MOD procurement, along with other weapons such as the FN SCAR.
The MOD has reportedly ordered 440 of the rifles for use in Afghanistan. Various news reports have stated that the L129A1 will first be fielded with the Parachute Regiment when they deploy with 16 Air Assault Brigade in the upcoming Operation Herrick XIII, Ocotober 2010.
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