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I thought the A3 was supposed to have fixed all the bad crap.
SA80s go to Ukraine.
I never like bullpups after handling an Austrian Steyr once. Never touched the SA80.I know guys who've used it in action in AFG etc and sounded quite happy with it, so I'm basing my perceptions on the A1 version of course.
Still, I don't see other countries clamouring for the British to sell it to them, which is always a bad sign especially when you have dozens of defence associated commitments with other countries.
Also, anyone in the UK who can get out of using it - like the SAS etc - will be using the various versions of the C8 (go Canada!!) instead.
I've used the SA 80 a few times. Once you get over where the mag housing is located and reaching over the wpn to cock it, it's a pretty good rifle. I think that I would prefer the SA 80 over the C8s that we are all supposed to be getting in the near future.
I did a little famil shoot on it in Afghanistan - Brits and us were sharing a range...thing kept jamming. Mind you, that was in 2003, still had that old piece of metal tube for a cocking handle instead of the ergonomic one and no rails for accessories so might have been an A1 variant.Don’t know about the SA80 but I always thought the Steyr was balanced weirdly. Far too back-heavy.
I was surprised the Royal Marines adopted the C8 for general issue.
Well, if you're going to buy Colonial, might as well go with the Colony that kinda sorta stuck around...and the "C" in C8 could even stand for "Colonial" instead of "Canadian"I was surprised the Royal Marines adopted the C8 for general issue.
Talk about taking their rebranding seriously! We're so different, we don't even use those squabbie rifles anymore!"