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L85A2
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Details
Weapon class Assault rifle
Users British Army
Capacity 30+1 rounds
Cartridge 5.56x45mm NATO
Rate of fire 650 RPM
Fire Mode Semi-Automatic
Fully Automatic
The gas-operated, select fire L85A2 rifle is the current British Army service rifle, since 1987. A bullpup rifle by design, it is a very compact rifle while still having a relatively long barrel. Given this design it is quite accurate out to extended ranges. There is a weaver rail along the top of the receiver for the mounting of various kinds of optics, and also an integrated rail system along the foregrip.
~ In-game description

The L85A2 is an assault rifle featured in Squad.

General Information[]

The L85A2 is a gas-operated, rotating bolt, magazine fed assault rifle. The L85A2 started out as the SA80, which was designed in the 1970s to 1980s. Designing was complicated, there was a struggle to convert the SA80's cartridge from 4.85 mm to 5.56 mm and a large ejection port occurring in the gun. The SA80 was then adopted by the British Army as the standard service rifle in 1985, replacing the L1A1, the British variant of the FN FAL, and was designated L85A1 Individual Weapon (IW). A light machine gun (LMG)/squad automatic weapon (SAW) variant of the gun was produced, later known as the L86A1 Light Support Weapon (LSW).

The L85A1 was widely criticized for its inefficient semi-automatic mode, poor quality plastic furniture fell apart, the gun was damaged easily, as well as other problems. The UK Ministry of Defense looked into the weapon and tested it, and found the gun to be appalling as it jammed greatly. The German company, Heckler & Koch (H&K), owned by BAE Systems at the time (A massive British defense corporation), was contacted to make an improved version of the L85A1. The result was the L85A2, created in 2000. The L85A2 was more successful and efficient than the L85A1 and was positively received by the Ministry of Defense. The L85A2 continued service in the British Army as of today. The SA80 family has been used since the Gulf War.

The L85A2 is a bullpup rifle, meaning the firing mechanism and magazine is behind the trigger. This bullpup design allows the rifle to be shorter as the barrel is pulled back further into the gun, the L85A2 is seven hundred and eighty-five millimeters long whereas the M4A1, a carbine, is eight hundred and forty millimeters long. The weight of the L85A2, when loaded and having an optical sight attached, is five kilograms. The effective range of the L85A2 is six hundred to eight hundred meters, the round travels at nine hundred and forty meters per second. The L85A2 uses 5.56x45 cartridges.

Gameplay[]

The L85A2 is the standard issue rifle of the British Army. There are 7 unique variants in-game:

Faction Role Variant Sight Ammo Notes Added in
Uk.png British Army Icon Rifleman kit.png L85A2 Iron sights, ranging 100-200m 7 mags
Icon Medic kit.png Icon Rifleman kit.png Icon Light Anti Tank kit.png
Icon Heavy Anti Tank kit.png Icon Combat Engineer kit.png
L85A2 + SUSAT Telescopic sight, fixed 4x, 100m zero 7 mags
4 mags
Icon Medic kit.png Icon Rifleman kit.png Icon Light Anti Tank kit.png L85A2 + ACOG Telescopic sight, fixed 4x, 100m zero 6 mags
Icon Grenadier kit.png L85A2 L123A2 + ACOG Telescopic sight, fixed 4x, 100m zero 7 mags Features L123A2 under-barrel grenade launcher
Icon Squad Leader kit.png L85A2 Tracer + Foregrip Bipod Iron sights, ranging 100-200m 7 mags Tracer rounds
Icon Squad Leader kit.png L85A2 Tracer + SUSAT + Foregrip Bipod Telescopic sight, fixed 4x, 100m zero 7 mags Tracer rounds
Icon Squad Leader kit.png L85A2 Tracer + ACOG + Foregrip Bipod Telescopic sight, fixed 4x, 100m zero 7 mags Tracer rounds

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Trivia[]

  • The L in "L85A2" stands for Land Service, 85 is the model number, A stands for Mark, and 2 stands for the type of Mark, usually to distinguish itself as modified by German designer and manufacturer H&K.

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