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L129A1 sharpshooter rifle

The sharpshooter rifle has improved the long-range firepower available on the front line. The rifle fires a 7.62mm round and has enhanced accuracy of engagement during longer-range firefights. This weapon is used by some of the best shots in the infantry.

More than 400 semi-automatic sharpshooter rifles were purchased for British troops as a £1.5m Urgent Operational Requirement, specifically to fill a need in Afghanistan.

The sharpshooter complements the already potent range of weapons used by our forces in Afghanistan.