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any info about this rifle? I've heard they use it primarily in the military under the USMC, this could be incorrect...I'm just looking for the specs of the rifle for investigative purposes
 

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The L115A I think has a scope mag of 16x, its a deadly accurate Bolt action.
 

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Light-weight and Light-weight. It's basically a standard AWM chambered for .338 Lapua Magnum, and it's not just the british special forces that are equipped with it. The british regular units that have been stationed in Bosnia and Kosovo use it too, especially with API rounds.
 

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We use it as a platoon level support weapon.
 

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The L96A1 is the 7.62mm sniper rifle we use.

The L115 (I think...) is the designation for the .338 magnum version, which is used as a platoon level support weapon.

The Royal Engineers recently got the .50 version of the rifle, for ordance disposal; I don't know its L designation.
 

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:oops: OOPS! Sorry. Just read Mel's review. It seems to me that it would be more of a special applications rifle than a platoon level support weapon.
 

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westpointranger:

Actually, it makes sense. It's got far better accurate range than grenade launchers, AT4's etc, with AP and API ammo, light armoured vehicles, machine gun nests, engine blocks etc can all be taken out, and it's not a one-shot weapon.
 

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I think it is more as a counter sniper weapon.
 

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Yimmy:

You don't issue it to every platoon in that case, you issue it to the fully trained snipers at battalion-level then. I've met and trained with enough people from the Royal Army and Royal Marine Corps to know that they don't do it that much differently.
 

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We don't issue it to every platoon no; but it is still designated as a platoon level support weapon.

As far as I can see, while the Russian dragunov is designed to extend the range of a platoon, the L115 is designed to extend it just past druganov type weapons...

As a side note, the Royal Marines didn't adopt the .50 AW rifle like the Royal Marines did, they adopted some bull-pup Barret .50 bolt action.... God knows why.
 

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Yimmy:

However, in both Bosnia and Kosovo, they were used at checkpoints etc, to take out vehicle engines etc. Many battalion-level snipers use it for counter-sniper duty, that I can agree with, but it's also issued to some infantry/marine marksmen.
 

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I didn't mean snipers use it for a counter sniper weapon, I meant marksmen use it as a counter sniper weapon, to despose of people with Druganovs etc.... but of course, they will use it against anything it is effective against.

In my last sentence of my previous post, I meant Royal Engineers the second time I said RM's.
Could anyone give me a link to details of said .50 Barret bullpup, bolt action, sniper rifle?
 

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I guess it must be the Type 95 then....
 

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Yimmy:

Funny, the people I've talked to say that the counter-sniper role is tertiary at best(Especially since the marksmen won't have the full sniper training needed to be effective in that capacity)
 

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I am just giving my opinion, I do not work with the rifle myself...

However, I do not see why the user should need any sniper training to act in the counter sniper role.
They go around at platoon level, not alone. If the platoon encounters a sniper, they simply have the best weapon to kill them with.
 
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