The L85A2, or SA80, is a gas-operated, 5.56mm, assault rifle, which has been developed and manufactured by BAE Systems. It is an upgraded version of the L85A1, which had entered service with the British Army in 1985 as their standard issue infantry rifle that replaced the 7.62mm FN L1A1 (FAL). It saw combat action in Operation Desert Storm (1991), Operation Enduring Freedom (2001-2002), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003), and other military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Compact and light, it has a bullpup design, with the receiver, charging handle, ejection port, and magazine situated behind the trigger mechanism and handgrip. The purpose of this configuration is to shorten the rifle length, making it more compact, without shortening the barrel length and without altering the weapon maximum effective range, which is 500 m. The L85A2 features a fire selector switch, located on the left hand side of the rifle, allowing single-shot and fully automatic fire settings. The receiver is made of stamped steel, with the cocking handle and ejection port situated on the right side. The self-loading mechanism is fed from a 30-round STANAG magazine. The L85A2 is also fitted with 4x magnification optical sight.

Specifications:

Type: Bullpup assault rifle

Cartridge: 5.56x45mm NATO

Barrel length: 51.8 cm

Weight: 3.82 kg

Muzzle velocity: 940 m/s

Effective range: 500 m

Action: gas-operated, with rotating bolt

L85A2

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