MANUFACTURER(S): Accuracy International, Incorporated - Britain
OPERATORS: Australia; Bangladesh; Belgium; Bostwana; Belgium; Czech Republic; France; Greece; Hong Kong; India; Iraq; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Macedonia; Malaysia; Netherlands; Norway; New Zealand; Pakistan; Peru; Portugal; Romania; Russia; Sierra Leone; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Spain; Sweden; United Kingdom; United States
ACTION: Turn-bolt Manually-Actuated Bolt-Action System
CALIBER(S)*: 7.62x51mm NATO; .308 Winchester; .300 Winchester Magnum; .338 Lapua Magnum
SIGHTS: Fixed; 6x42 Schmidt & Bender Telescope.
Detailing the development and operational history of the Accuracy International L96 Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle System.
Entry last updated on 5/3/2019.
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The L96A1 is an Accuracy International-produced sniper rifle and currently the sniper rifle of choice for the British Army. The L96 features an adjustable butt, integrated adjustable bipod and static iron sights (though a 6x42 Schmidt & Bender scope was issued standard in original production models). The L96 originally competed successfully against the Parker-Hale Model 85 rifle in the mid-1980's to become the standard British Army sniper rifle, replacing the aged Lee-Enfield L42A1 series. The engineering process incorporated light alloys, plastic and metal into the design. This melding allowed for greater field abuse (the weapon could take a good deal of external punishment but still keep the internal components in good working order).
Designed to achieve first-round hit at 600 meters and "harassing fire" out to 1,100 total meters, the Accuracy International L96 sniper rifle has been upgraded with a new x3-x12 x50 sight and spotting scope. Select units also field the L115A1 Long range Rifle (LRR), which fires an 8.59mm bullet, heavier than the 7.62mm round of the L96 and less likely to be deflected over extremely long ranges. The L96A1's free-floating barrel is constructed of stainless steel and can be changed in 5 minutes. The system itself is designed to allow the single user the ability to carry out all but the most major repairs by himself in the field with the necessary tools being three Allen wrenches and a screwdriver.
The L96A1 is chambered to fire the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge from a 10-round detachable box magazine. An adjustable bipod is fitted forward under the barrel. The weapon features a muzzle velocity of 2,790 feet per second. The L96A1 can also be issued with a variety of scope mounts, collapsible stock and silencer and is available on the commercial market. A military .50 caliber (12.7mm) model is also available.
The L96 is part of the larger Accuracy International "Arctic Warfare" line of rifles for use by military, special forces and law enforcement branches. The L96A1 is the British Army designation of the Accuracy International PM ("Precision Marksman") model entered into competition to become the standard British sniper rifle.