My Rifle


Picture of a soldier holding his rifle

"This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it, as I must master my life. Without me my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will.

Before God I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviours of my life. So be it .. . until there is no enemy ...but peace. Amen."

(from the film "Full Metal Jacket")

Tech spec - SA 80

SA80 is the designation for a revolutionary family of assault weapons. The L85 Individual Weapon (IW) and the L85 Light Support Weapon (LSW) are the British Army's Standard combat rifles, made by Heckler and Koch (UK) and fire NATO standard 5.56 x 45mm ammunition.

Both weapons have been modified and had a major mid-life update in 2002 which resulted in the SA80A2 series - the most reliable weapons of their type in the world.


L85 Individual Weapon

Calibre 5.56 mm
Weight 4.98 kg (with loaded magazine and optical sight)
Length 785 mm
Barrel Length 518 mm
Muzzle Velocity 940 m/s
Feed 30 round magazine
Effective Range 400 m
Cyclic Rate of Fire 610-775 rounds per minute

L86 Light Support Weapon

Calibre 5.56 mm
Weight 6.58 kg (with loaded magazine and optical sight)
Length 900 mm
Barrel Length 646 mm
Muzzle Velocity 970 m/s
Feed 30 round magazine
Effective Range 1000m
Cyclic Rate of Fire 610-775 rounds per minute