Written on: 15/03/2011
The SA80 is over all not practical. It is indeed accurate and can achieve 600m with the susat sight or maybe more. But, you waste precious seconds using it. To cock it you need to turn the rifle on its side, its the only assult rifle where you need to take your finger of the trigger to change from semi-auto to auto, and the gas sometimes escapes meaning the cartridge may not extract and get stuck wich could cost your life. The fire selector is also stiff and it can only be used right handed. (read more)
Written on: 10/01/2011
Superb weapon, truly superb. It was a pleasure to handle, fire and clean. After having my sights zeroed the accuracy was spot on, It was light and well balanced enough to allow me to get a 32mm shoot grouping on the 50m range while stood up with my first 5 rounds. A joy to strip and clean, easy to breakdown and takes only minuets. I'll never want to fire anything else. (read more)
Written on: 14/08/2010
the sa80's accuracy is remarkable for an infantry assault rifle the 4x optical scope is standard and really useful. Providing you don't screw around with it, the rifle is adequately simple to maintain. I found it nicely weighted and balanced and i am a fan of the bullpup design as it makes the weapon compact. I would definatly reccomend it and am delighted the British armed forces use it as their standard assault rifle. (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2010
i serve as a sniper in the royal marines. the SA80A2 is terrible. yes its accurate however to keep the weapon maintained far outrides its accuracy.
handling is terrible as the catches and levers are not where they should be! the wpn's balance depends on what added extra you have on it and it's weight is one of the heaviest assault wpn's out there.
i think it were designed for a one armed, cross eyed chimp!
for what the government have spent on the thing we could all have m4's.
then the only... (read more)
Written on: 14/01/2010
Contrary to many of the cadets posting here, I'm a serving member of the forces in an infantry unit and have had plenty of experience with the weapon system. It's accuracy is outstanding, and the latest batch of upgrades (ACOG, piccatiny mounts, etc..) only add to this. It is also very reliable, providing you look after it properly. Tactically speaking, the bullpup coniguration makes it handy for OBUA and suits the current operational environment. As mentioned, the short length of the... (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2010
You all seem to be talking about the actual rifle as opposed to an airsoft replica. So ill base my review on the actual L85 Mk.2 rifle. For those of you 'cadets' you will have used the L84 rifle (a bolt action variant of the L85 Mk.1), this jammed a lot, had a flimsy plastic magazine along with other problems. The overall design however was sound, its small size and good rate of fire made it excellent for Close Quarters Combat (forget about 'not being able to fire' from the left shoulder,... (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2009
im another cadet with lots of experience with l98's and l85's(sa80's) and i also agree with the other cadet that the sa80 is very prone to jamming. it also feels horrible to hold due to how short it is and can only be operated from the right shoulder which means u have to expose urself more we looking around cover to your right (i found this out on a field craft course were my blank firing l98 ejected into my eye) it is an awful weapon and we should stuff Nato and go back to the L1a1 SLR. it... (read more)
Written on: 19/10/2009
i love the gun. i think people are basing it too much on the first rifle, the original sa80 a1. you are saying its a bad rifle because the first ones had problems.do you know how many problems the m16 had when it was first developed, people still praise it. the modern sa80 a2 is one of the best rifles today.every gun has jamms or stoppages, its enevitable once in a while but the new sa80 has almost none. still not convinced? if the sa80 is so bad, then, WHY IS IT STILL THE STANDARD BRITISH... (read more)
Written on: 15/09/2009
I have used the heckler and kock SA80 A2 rifle and would say that the only thing that lets it down is that it still jams but not as much as the old model. (read more)
Written on: 28/08/2009
The Lee enfield- heckler and kock uk L85 A2/ SA80 A2 is a good weapon........easy to use and taking apart for cleaning. Had seen some people having trouble with the gas parts but it was due to poor maintenance. Very accurate on the distances it was meant to be used. Although quiet heavy it still a very good alrounder.
Written on: 16/08/2009
Great rifle i think the only problem i have found is that after lots of firing the gas parts get clogged with gsr and dust and can lead to jams. However apart from that it is good. L85 A2/ SA80 A2 is easy to nsp and and clean, good rifle. (read more)
Written on: 23/07/2009
I have used this heckler and kock weapon and in my personal opinion i think it is great and all the british soldier i have asked like using it and see nothing wrong with it, i look foward to using it when i join the infantry (read more)
Written on: 27/06/2009
i am a frequent user of this Lee enfield- heckler and kock uk L85 A2/ SA80 A2 weapon, as i have only fired blanks it is a very high rated weapon. best for britan. in a leugue of its own (read more)
Written on: 01/12/2008
An excellent weapon, with a great sight. now with a raft of add ons and modifications available. Accurate fire
Good rate of fire
Compact The only problems I found with this air rifle were that its qwuite heavy and high maintenance. (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2008
Great accuracy, reliability, and a good rate of fire, lightweight, bullpub design. The only bad point for me is the low magazine capacity. Great gun, I've used it several times (with iron sights). (read more)
Written on: 05/08/2008 by opium3 (1 review written)
This Rifle has a really bad stigma, as I'm sure everyone has heard the horror storys of this Rifle jamming/breaking easily on operations in Iraq and Afganistan; but my friends in the Army using this reckon there's nothing wrong with it, particularly as a Target Rifle. The only universal down-side to this weapon is that if you happen to be left handed you will break your Jaw as the bullet casing will fly into your face, but regardless of that, it is a very, very pretty rifle. I personally... (read more)
Written on: 16/04/2008 by DANNY H
I used this rifle and it is ok but it isnt great i think our army deserves better weapons 2 b honest it is poor in urban warfare because 2 shoot out from cover on the left u expose alot of your body as it can only be shot from right shoulder. i wuldnt take it for f.i.b.u.a (urban warfare) if i had a choice it would be something else all depends on the task at hand 2 what the sumthing else is. (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2008
I'm a Royal Marine Commando and I love this gun. It has a reputation it does not deserve (read more)
Written on: 21/03/2008
very nice little gun. its British. Very short at no disadvantage to the range of the weapon. It jams a lot though but a good alround gun (read more)
Written on: 29/02/2008
Its a nice gun. easy to handle. after a few times of firing it. it seems easy to use. and it has because very reliable ever since the upgrade (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2008
im a royal marine commando and i love it is very good as an allrounder rifle (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2008 by londonregiment
i am not to fond of this weapon i like the Heckler and Koch G36c or the M-16 with the M203 (read more)
Written on: 06/12/2007
Lee enfield - heckler and kock uk L85 A2 /SA80 A2 is a awesome weapon, good range, accuracy and looks mean. Used by British army, so it rules. (read more)
Written on: 27/10/2007 by Ashhow
Overall this is a brilliant rifle and i would not use any other assault rifle over it, it's a must have for Christmas. I gave it a 5 for value for money as it had to be upgraded to an A2 version costing more money. (read more)
Written on: 02/09/2007 by liamr101
The SA80 Airsoft Spring Rifle is a very good weapon as the British army are currently using it. Very good overall. Good target shooting. (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2007 by y03mcgarryj
I am serving with c coy of the Cheshire army cadets and i have used this rifle 2 times i have used the lsw 8 times and i hate it (read more)
Written on: 09/08/2006 by airborneduke
I'm currently serving with 3 Para and I will tell ya now I much prefer using the US M-4/M-203 combo in Iraq. More reliable, better report and in my opinion better accuracy. The Lee enfield- heckler and kock uk L85 A2/ SA80 A2 is another short change for those of us serving the UK and it really makes me angry. I truly hope Tony Blair and his cronies invest in some decent kit in decent amounts for me and other servicemen over here. It plain infuriates me to think that the French have a better... (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2006 by Vulcanator (13 reviews written)
This "wonderful" rifle, the Lee Endfield L85/SA80, was brought into service in the 80's to replace the SLR also comes with it an appalling reputation for reliability and usability. Although apparently refined by Heckler and Koch to remedy its faults, the honourable British Armed Forces are stuck with this excuse for a battle rifle.
I do hear that a replacement may be in the "offing" in the near future, for the sake of our armed forces I hope it occurs sooner rather than later. Hopefully it... (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2006 by The Farmer (46 reviews written)
The Lee Enfield SA80A2 is a brilliant rifle and one of the best in the world, yes the A1 was a joke but this one is brilliant. The improvements have gone down well (read more)
Written on: 03/02/2005 by blamonge23 (23 reviews written)
On 18 October 2001 the Armed Forces Minister, The Right Honorable Adam Ingram will officially unveil the Army's modified SA80 A2. The facility will run at the School of Infantry in Warminster.
The modification program addresses the reliability of the A2 and it is now one of, if not the most reliable 5.56mm weapon in the world.
The A2 has undergone an exhaustive series of trials. The results of the modification program will be announced for the first time at this facility.
The SA-80... (read more)