Armed Forces - a5a17 - British Army - The Infantry - Long Range Rifle (LRR) (Sniper Rifle)
LONG-RANGE RIFLE (LRR) (SNIPER RIFLE)
The SA 80 is designed to
shoot accurately out to 300 m and be easily handled in combat
situations. With the disappearance of the Enfield .303 during the early
1960s the skill of shooting accurately above 400 m has largely died
The 7.62 Sniper Rifle filled the gap for a while but the vulnerability
of the round to wind deflection over longer ranges made it desirable to
come up with a weapon which could be fired with some precision in all
phases of modern warfare.
The result has been the development by Accuracy International UK of the
8.59 mm (.338) Long Range Large Calibre Rifle L115A3 capable of shooting
accurately out to 1100 m and beyond depending on atmospheric conditions.
The weapon has been issued to JRRF (Joint Rapid Reaction Force) units on
the basis of 14 per battalion, with one per platoon and a small pool for
snipers in the battalion recce platoons. The LRR came into service in