L85A2 (working) . A working version of the L85A2 (nicknamed the SA80). Bullpup, fires bolt action from 11-brick magazines . And its time for another gun - the L85A2!!
This is the British Infantry Rifle, and is the most used variant in the SA80 family. The gun is bullpup, but can only be used by right-handers. This reason along with A1 version's large number of problems makes some people think that the gun is rubbish. IT ISN'T! The A2 is a very reliable, accurate and portable weapon, and easily makes a match for any of its bullpup classmates like the FAMAS or AUG. The A1, on the other hand, is rubbish.
My version features:
-my now-standard open bolt mech
-two 11-brick magazines
-a very dense structure, making it one of my heaviest guns yet
-SUSAT sight / iron sights (these are integrated into the optional carrying handle)
The gun uses my open bolt mech, and the design is very similar to my AK-47s mech, except moved further back into the gun. If you don't know how my open bolt mech works, read up on my AK as the mech is basically the same.
As this is the rifle of my country (the UK), I decided to put in some extra bits to make the gun just that bit better - a 'moulded' fore-grip, a cheek rest, and I made the SUSAT more detailed than most of my sights. That said, I forgot the dust cover!!
the gun, right side
the two 11-brick mags. I've had LOADS of people asking for instructions for these, but I can't see how you can fail to be able to re-create these - you have views of both sides!! Use your heads people!!
the open bolt feed mech
carrying handle with iron sights installed. Unlike my FAMAS, there is no way you could pick the gun up with the handle - it's attached by 3 studs! But then, technically, you're not supposed to use the handle as a handle anyway XD
the mag release - this took AGES to make, because of its design.
basically, you press in this button to take out the mag.
the mag well. When you press the mag release button, that orange piece moves out of the way, so the mag can slide out. Despite the difficult design, this mag release system has proved to be my most reliable, sturdy and easy to use mag release!
this is the orange piece. I had to file one of the sides and the back down so that it would move smoothly when you pressed the button, otherwise the edges scraped against the walls of the mag well, and then it would get stuck. I didn't mind filing the piece, as it wasn't black ;D
the 'RIS' - it doesn't look much like one, but I didn't have enough room to make a proper one. This one is stronger though, and when you have the SUSAT installed, it helps hold the two sides of the gun together.
here you can see how the whole slab separates into the two sides. As there are studs on both sides, the they are held together when the SUSAT is installed, as it connects to all of them
the iron sights and SUSAT (stands for Sight Unit Small Arms Trilux)
and then the two mags as well - all the accessories
aiming down the iron sights. The fore sight should actually be a pin, but I couldn't be bothered to make it like that, as that would involve more piece-breaking
aiming down the SUSAT - the real one just has a triangular pin (where you get 'trilux' from), but i went for the tried-and-tested 2x round hole idea again.
FPS with iron sights
FPS with SUSAT
the cocking handle
like on my AK, the red bit shows that the gun is cocked
back end of receiver
fore-grip + pistol grip
mech, cocking handle at rear (so the hammer is as well)
handle forward, hammer back - ready to fire
magazine inserted, hammer + handle forward
and one last look at this AWESOME assault rifle
That's it - tell me what you think!