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L42a1 Sniper



The Lee-Enfield L42A1 is a sniper rifle that was first introduced into service with the British military in the 1970’s. It was based on the Lee-Enfield No. 4 MK1 (T) rifle, which had been used by British forces since the early part of the 20th century. The L42A1 was developed in response to a need for a more accurate sniper platform. It was manufactured at the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield, England, and was heavily modified to fit the military specifications of higher accuracy at longer ranges. The modifications included the addition of a heavy target barrel, a redesigned trigger mechanism, and a new telescopic sight. About 1,080 rifles were converted over to become snipers. The L42A1 was chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO round, and had a five round detachable magazine. Its effective range was approximately 800 meters (875 yards), although skilled snipers could hit targets at even greater distances. The L42A1 saw wide military service action in conflicts such as the Falklands War, and the first Gulf War. However, it was eventually replaced by more modern sniper rifles such as the L96A1, and the Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Magnum.


Key identifiable features of the Lee-Enfield L42A1 are the exposed heavy profile barrel. The cut down/sporterized wood furniture. The black painted finish on the barrel and metal receiver parts. The sling swivel mounted directly in front of the magazine. The wood cheek riser attached to the buttstock. The upgraded trigger mechanism, the side scope mount, and of course the No.32 MKIII telescopic sniper scope.

Origin: United Kingdom
Manufactured: 1970-1990
Manufacturer: Royal Small Arms Factory

Type: Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle

Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO
Barrel Length: 699mm (27.5")
Action: Bolt-Action

Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds


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