AI L96A1 AW 7.62 x 51mm sniper rifle

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The L96 A1 AW (arctic warfare) sniper rifle, is a bolt action sniper rifle chambered in 7.62 x 51mm NATO.

Designed and manufactured by Accuracy International, it has proved popular as a civilian, police and military rifle since its introduction in the 1980’s.

Arctic Warfare rifles are generally outfitted with a Schmidt + Bender PM II telescopic sight and the AW system is almost unique in being a purpose designed sniper rifle rather than an accurised version of an existing rifle.

The product of substantial development and use of very contemporary materials, this rifle has been very successful and has since spawned an entire family of sniper rifles using the Arctic Warfare name.

It has been adopted by a number of other countries, including Australia, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Latvia, Malaysia, Norway, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

 Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, the L96 A1 AW rifle is appropriate for UK forces and Nato members forces personnel from early 1980s up to the present day.

Foxtrot example shown is an Accuracy International L96A1 AW sniping rifle, chambered in 7.62 x 51mm NATO, fitted with a folding bipod, a Schmidt + Bender 12 x 50 PM II telescopic sight, a dark green polymer stock and all metal parts are in a military phosphate finish.

Film Set Notes

Like it’s contemporary the FN FAL and the SVD Dragonuv, the L96 has an extremely effective flash hider, that does suppress most of the flash. Very necessary for the concealment required when sniping and accurate in how the weapon actually appears when fired for real.

However for drama and film purposes it is something that should be clarified beforehand with the director to avoid surprises on the day.