Accuracy International – L96A1
Calibre: 7.62 NATO (.308 Win)
Operation: Bolt Action
Cartridge: 7.62mm x 51mm NATO
Length: 44.3 – 47 inches
Weight: 14.33lbs (6.5kg) empty without telescope
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Twist, Right Hand: 1 turn in 12 inches
Magazine Capacity: 10 or 12 round detachable box magazine
Maximum Effective Range: 1000 yards (1.124 – 1.194m)
The British Army’s latest sniper rifle was developed from the start as a military sniping rifle, by Accuracy International. The rifle is accurate enough to achieve a first round hit at 900m and achieve harassing fire out to 1100m. Although fitted with fully adjustable iron sights for use out to 700m, the rifle is normally fitted with a Schmidt and Bender 6 x 42 telescopic sight. The front bipod is fully adjustable and folds forward when not in use.
The L96A1 is the British Army designation of the standard AWC PM. The L96A1 won a British Army competition by a slight margin over the Parker-Hale M85 to become the standard sniper rifle for the British Army. The PM utilises an aluminium frame over which is placed a high impact plastic stock. An adjustable Parker Hale Bi-Pod is fitted as standard. An uprated version, the AW, features many minor improvements, including an easier bolt action, frost proof mechanism, muzzle brake and a 10×42 hensoldt telescopic sight.
The L96 A1 is capable of sub MOA with military ammo, and gets to about half of that with good match grade ammo. The AW is imported to the US by Accuracy International, and is for sale to the public.