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Unveiled: The new supergun weapon against the Taliban can kill from over a mile away (1,100m+)
This Is London / The Evening Standard (U.K.) ^ | March 7, 2008

Posted on 03/07/2008 9:27:50 AM PST by Stoat

Unveiled: The new supergun weapon against the Taliban can kill from over a mile away

Last updated at 16:52pm on 07.03.08

 

It is the latest weapon on the front line against the Taliban - the British Army's most powerful-ever sniper rifle, capable of killing with pinpoint accuracy from more than a mile away.

Yesterday the Army showed off its new Long Range Rifle, which has just entered service with combat units in Afghanistan to replace smaller and less powerful weapons.

The £11million upgrade programme is part of a "renaissance" of the sniper tradition - which during the Cold War was largely relegated to the sidelines - as modern commanders rediscover the huge value of pinpoint fire from sharpshooters.

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The new weapon, the L115A3, fires a heavier bullet to much longer ranges and has a state-of-the-art telescopic sight with twice the magnifying power of the old version.

More than 500 are on order from the British manufacturers, Accuracy International.

Since British forces moved into Helmand Province two years ago to take on the Taliban, demand for snipers has soared and 120 a year are now passing through the specialist training school at Warminster in Wiltshire.

One said: "It's a huge step forward. I'll be using the new rifle in Afghanistan this summer.

"It's a little heavier to carry, but the extra power is worth it. The improved telescopic sight can cut through the heat haze, which was preventing us from spotting targets at longer ranges."

Sniping is proving a hugely-important tactic in Afghanistan, where the difficulty of fighting among maze-like compounds and thick vegetation necessitates attacking the enemy at long range.

The controversy over so-called "collateral damage" from devastating airstrikes killing innocent civilians adds to the advantages of a pinpoint attack.

A senior officer at the Weapons Support School in Warminster said: "With the new rifle we now expect to be able to engage a target at 1,500 metres. With the old version it was about 1,000 metres.

"That makes a massive difference. You can keep the enemy at arm's length with snipers. Or you can have several of them firing simultaneously.

"It is devastating for an enemy's morale if a number of their fighters are suddenly shot at the same instant, and they can't even see where the firing is coming from. They tend to withdraw fast."

Training an infantryman to become a sniper can take up to a year, and only the most talented soldiers are allowed even to start the demanding courses.

First a candidate must master the technical aspects of shooting, learning to judge the strength of the wind extremely accurately using a variety of clues, and to adjust aim accordingly.

Just as importantly a sniper must learn to track his prey, move into position with extreme stealth, camouflage himself perfectly whether in natural cover or a battle-scarred city, and then disappear just as stealthily.

The senior officer said: "There is a long waiting list. Battalions are desperate to send soldiers here for training, and every soldier wants to be a sniper.

"They're held in extremely high regard. This new rifle will make them even more effective."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bang; banglist; l115a3; military; rifle; sniper; uksnipers
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Ministry of Defence Fact Sheets L96 Sniper Rifle and L115A3 Long Range Rifle

 

Factsheet

L96 Sniper Rifle and L115A3 Long Range Rifle

The L96 sniper rifle and the L115A3 Long Range Rifle are used by military snipers across all three Services.

 

The L115A3 Long Range Rifle [Picture: MOD]

Designed to achieve first-round hit at 600m and harassing fire out to 1100m, the Accuracy International L96 sniper rifle has been upgraded with a new 3-12 x 50 sight and spotting scope.
 
The L115A3 Long Range Rifle fires an 8.59mm bullet, heavier than the 7.62mm round of the L96, and less likely to be deflected over extremely long ranges.

Sniper Rifle L96

Calibre: 7.62mm
Weight: 6.5kg
Length: (adjustable) 1124-1194mm
Muzzle velocity: 838m/s
Feed: 10-round box
Effective range: 900m, harassing fire 1100m

Long Range Rifle L115A3

Calibre: 8.59mm
Weight: 6.8kg
Length: 1300mm
Muzzle velocity: 936m/s
Feed: 5-round box
Effective range: 1100m plus

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Staring down the barrel of sniper's deadly new rifle that kills at 1,100m - Times Online

A sniper demonstrates the new longer range sniper rifle, the L115A3 at the Land Warfare Centre near Warminster

 

City firm's £4m rifle is delivered to Afghan front line - Portsmouth Today

The L115A3 rifle
The L115A3 rifle

 

Sniper rifle Kill from a mile away Issued to troops The Sun HomePageNews

 

Sniper.

New 23 000 Sniper Rifle Unveiled (from This Is Wiltshire)

1 posted on 03/07/2008 9:27:51 AM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat; MacDorcha

sweeeeeet.


2 posted on 03/07/2008 9:30:39 AM PST by EarthBound (Ex Deo,gratia. Ex astris,scientia (Who the hell do I vote for now?))
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3 posted on 03/07/2008 9:30:54 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: archy

FYI


4 posted on 03/07/2008 9:31:13 AM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

At over about 15x you have to fight with wobble since the magnification actually works against you on smaller targets.


5 posted on 03/07/2008 9:31:50 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Stoat

I want one for deer hunting.


6 posted on 03/07/2008 9:31:54 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: EarthBound

hubba hubba


7 posted on 03/07/2008 9:32:57 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Stoat

Not to be nitpicky, but 1100 m would only be about .7 miles or so.


8 posted on 03/07/2008 9:33:16 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Men fight well when they know that no prisoners will be taken.)
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To: Stoat

I sure would like to have one.
But the B.M.G. is a-ok too.


9 posted on 03/07/2008 9:34:09 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Stoat

Can it only be used against the Taliban?


10 posted on 03/07/2008 9:34:26 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: crusty old prospector

What do you need one of those for deer hunting for?

(rhetorical question - see Nugent’s ‘Kiss My Glock’ video on You Tube)


11 posted on 03/07/2008 9:35:31 AM PST by wastedyears (Iron Maiden in two weeks' time.)
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To: Stoat

I wonder how it compares to the Barrett, and I wonder why they didn’t go to the .50 cal.


12 posted on 03/07/2008 9:35:41 AM PST by marron
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To: Stoat

8.59mm? What is the cartridge based on. What is its capacity? What bullet weight?


13 posted on 03/07/2008 9:36:24 AM PST by jim_trent
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To: Stoat

Anyone know how this compares to the .50 Cal Barett and other rifles being used by American Forces?


14 posted on 03/07/2008 9:36:57 AM PST by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: Red_Devil 232
Can it only be used against the Taliban?

Yes.  It uses newly-developed "muzzie sensing" technology and will only work against Taliban.

A Hamas model is due to be unveiled next month.   :-)

15 posted on 03/07/2008 9:38:06 AM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: jim_trent

http://www.chuckhawks.com/super_338_Mags.htm


16 posted on 03/07/2008 9:38:59 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: Wiseghy

Main thing is that it weighs about 16 pounds vs. about 35 for the Barrett.
The ammo is lighter, too.


17 posted on 03/07/2008 9:39:04 AM PST by Little Ray (Drink the KoolAid: McCain for President!)
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To: Stoat

Bah the Cheytac 408 Intervention still holds the world record: Three Shots,16-5/8 Inches: 2,321 Yards


18 posted on 03/07/2008 9:39:28 AM PST by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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To: crusty old prospector
I want one for deer hunting.

These rounds usually do not leave holes in soft targets. They tend to shred them. I shooting deer would need to be followed up by collecting peices to process later.

Still, it would be cool to shoot.

19 posted on 03/07/2008 9:39:32 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (We have the ability to shape & polish turds, make em smell nice & sell them as public services)
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To: Wiseghy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZIJH4wvVng


20 posted on 03/07/2008 9:39:48 AM PST by jmq (Islam=Religion of Peace)
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To: Stoat

I know what I want for Christmas.


21 posted on 03/07/2008 9:40:15 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Stoat

Nice, but Carlos Hathcock did the same with a 50 cal. in Vietnam.


22 posted on 03/07/2008 9:40:34 AM PST by Tolkien (There are things more important than Peace. Freedom being one of those.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Effective range: 1100m plus

Perhaps you aren’t supposed to shoot at targets closer than 1100 meters?


23 posted on 03/07/2008 9:40:37 AM PST by B4Ranch ("In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." FDR)
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To: Stoat

Mmmmm.... I think this baby would take care of the raccoon problem I have in my backyard. Fr@c%in’ little buggers are ripping the crud out of my new lawn.


24 posted on 03/07/2008 9:41:59 AM PST by agooga (In memory of my father in law, William R. Knill- veteran of two wars - and a helluva nice guy. RIP)
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To: Stoat
"It is devastating for an enemy's morale if a number of their fighters are suddenly shot at the same instant, and they can't even see where the firing is coming from. They tend to withdraw fast."

One of my favorite scenes in Hathcock's book is where he is describing shooting at Viet Cong across a valley. He said it was always easy to pick out the leader because they were so obviously subservient and obedient to them. He then went on to say that they would scatter like mice when the leaders head exploded, followed several seconds later by the report, they were completely unable to tell where it came from.....

25 posted on 03/07/2008 9:43:15 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: Tolkien

This rifle weighs 15 pounds. That .50BMG weighed how much?


26 posted on 03/07/2008 9:43:25 AM PST by B4Ranch ("In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." FDR)
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To: Stoat

bttt


27 posted on 03/07/2008 9:44:06 AM PST by oyez (Justa' another high minded lowlife.)
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To: Stoat
I wonder if it does as well of making sure of a one shot kill as this does...

**WARNING - GRAPHIC**

Video

28 posted on 03/07/2008 9:44:39 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: agooga

I have the same problem. Still raccoon season for me, but unfortunately I’m also inside city limits so can’t shoot em :(. Besides that my wife apparently thinks they are cute...


29 posted on 03/07/2008 9:44:41 AM PST by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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To: WayneS
I know what I want for Christmas.

Have Santa click on the "How to purchase an Accuracy rifle" button  :-)

Accuracy International

30 posted on 03/07/2008 9:45:20 AM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

reach out and touch someone.


31 posted on 03/07/2008 9:45:21 AM PST by steel_resolve (If you can't stand behind our troops, then please stand in front...)
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To: B4Ranch

This appears to be the .338 Lapua cartrige with a decent scope/stock/magazine combination.
Sounds like good, clean fun.


32 posted on 03/07/2008 9:45:39 AM PST by Flintlock (that)
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To: Stoat

Always wondered what happened to the lead singer from Twisted Sister...


33 posted on 03/07/2008 9:46:05 AM PST by ameribbean expat
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To: Stoat
That's way they call it a muzzele
34 posted on 03/07/2008 9:46:21 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Stoat

Before commenting further, how many meters in a mile?


35 posted on 03/07/2008 9:47:47 AM PST by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
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To: Stoat

I notice the Taleban don’t worry about collateral damage, so why should we?


36 posted on 03/07/2008 9:47:57 AM PST by G-Bear (Religiously, five times a day, I turn my back on Mecca and fart!)
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To: Stoat

I read a field report that if you just hang a small piece of bacon in front of the muzzel that developing a new model is not needed. It auto senses any sect of “muzzie”. I think Brits came up with this from reading their history books from the late 1800 and early 1900’s.


37 posted on 03/07/2008 9:49:20 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Stoat

awesome. 2 British Pounds/bullet! Wow, that’s almost $4 USD.


38 posted on 03/07/2008 9:49:25 AM PST by Tigercap (McCain. For Supreme Court judge nominations and WOT progress if nothing else.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

seem low to me also as there are warnings of one mile with regular 22 bullets.


39 posted on 03/07/2008 9:49:37 AM PST by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: RightWhale

1440 +/-


40 posted on 03/07/2008 9:51:02 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Stoat

Asthetics are very poor with the awful looking woodish stock and all the sharp corners. Did the designer only have a ruler?


41 posted on 03/07/2008 9:51:33 AM PST by Hacklehead (Crush the liberals, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the hippies.)
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To: jim_trent

I THINK this is a .338 Lapua Magnum.

Our Specops have been using this caliber for years.


42 posted on 03/07/2008 9:52:17 AM PST by Tailback
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To: Stoat

Two Pounds per round. That is some expensive ammo!


43 posted on 03/07/2008 9:52:20 AM PST by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Tenacious 1
These rounds usually do not leave holes in soft targets. They tend to shred them.

Perfect for deer chili!

44 posted on 03/07/2008 9:53:30 AM PST by Hazwaste (Vote! Vote for the conservative local, state, and national candidates of your choice, but VOTE!)
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To: jim_trent
8.59mm? What is the cartridge based on. What is its capacity? What bullet weight?

.338 Laupa. 250 grain FMJ-BT is the standard load for snipers. Not sure what you mean by capacity, but if it is magazine capacity then the answer is five.

45 posted on 03/07/2008 9:53:39 AM PST by scooter2 (The greatest threat to the security of the United States is the Democratic Party.)
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To: Stoat

Friday and Gun Porn...a Freeper tradition!


46 posted on 03/07/2008 9:53:55 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Stoat
The comments below the article confirm that the lyrics to the song “There's no England Now” are correct. They're a hoot, but they're too much proof that the craven and the cynical are now the typical man in the street.
47 posted on 03/07/2008 9:54:19 AM PST by elhombrelibre (a) After 4 March, Hillary will wish she'd been caught with Monica. b)Obama more left than Teddy.)
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To: Tolkien

He wasn’t lugging an M2 through the brush.

A 7.62mm bolt action was his tool.


48 posted on 03/07/2008 9:54:52 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: WayneS

How much +- do we get on that? :)


49 posted on 03/07/2008 9:55:04 AM PST by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
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To: marron

‘cuz the .50BMG is really big and heavy, not something you want to drag around while crawling in the brush for hours/days at a time.


50 posted on 03/07/2008 9:56:01 AM PST by ctdonath2 (The average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. - Ratatouille)
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