posted on Sep, 18 2006 @ 03:15 AM
No my friend...............................fortunately for me, when I saw active service, we had a proper rifle, the FN SLR.
Having said that, many people I know, have seen active service in Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention in the jungle.
One of the problems that became apparent when the L85A1 was first issued, was that the barrels burnt out especially after prolonged firing [esp blank]
on full automatic.
I put this down to the fact that Toms had a new toy to play with - automatic fire! We never had a rifle capable of full auto before and it was
this novelty that created one of the many issues with this rifle.
Also in the early days, one had to tie the mag to the wpn with a piece of string, to prevent loss, before they introduced the protective cowl round
the release catch.
The unit I work for, has just been issued with the L85A2 and it has a new cocking handle that is supposed to be of the ergonomic type [rubbish], but
it still has a pathetic cheek piece of molded plastic and a plastic bolt release catch that is still prone to breaking.
The magazines have been revamped:
1. Special blank mags have bright yellow stripey plastic bands molded lengthways on them [I thought blank mags were blue and live were red];
2. You cannot charge blank mags with live rounds as the receivers are different;
3. It is difficult to discharge live rounds because you have to pull down on a sprung catch before the round[s] will fall out;
4. The mags are really difficult to strip down for abnormal cleaning.
Special blank firing adapters [BFAs] have been made to fit the weapons (L85A2 & LSW) at what extra cost? They have been designed to withstand 3 live
rounds before they disintegrate. The differance? They are identicle apart from the word Rifle or LSW on them.
For the record, my friends have used the A1 & A2 in anger and on the whole, have found them to be reasonably reliable apart from the usual defects
reported in the press - melting plastic parts, parts breaking off and prone to stoppages when full of dust/dirt etc.
I have used the A1 and found it to be an OK wpn but, as one who is old school, I still prefer the FN SLR.
At least when using the SLR with optic sights, if you hit something at 600 metres, he, she or it went down and stayed down.