Accuracy International Arctic Warfare series

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(1982 - Present)

  • Type: Sniper Rifle
  • Caliber: .243 Win, 7.62x51mm NATO, .300 Win Mag, .338 Lapua Mag, .50 BMG
  • Weight: 13.4 lbs (6.1 kg) - 16.1 lbs (7.3 kg)
  • Length: 40 in (101.6 cm) - 48.5 in (123.2 cm)
  • Barrel length: 16 in (40.6 cm) - 27 in (68.6 cm)
  • Capacity: 10-round box (.243 Win, 7.62x51mm NATO), 5-round box (.300 Win Mag, .338 Lapua Mag, .50 BMG)
  • Fire Modes: Bolt Action

The Accuracy International Arctic Warfare series and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Accuracy International Precision Marksman

Accuracy International PM - 7.62x51mm NATO

The Accuracy International Precision Marksman (PM) is the progenitor for the Arctic Warfare series. Chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO, the PM was the winner of a British MoD competition in 1985 to replace the L42A1, and was adopted as the L96A1.

The Precision Marksman can be distinguished from later Arctic Warfare models by its lack of more modern features, such as its use of dovetail instead of Picatinny rails, lack of muzzle devices, fixed backup iron sights (though police barrels had no backup iron sights and had a special flash hider built into the barrel), lack of a finger cutout in the magazine well, and completely flat sides. Early PMs are fitted with a Schmidt & Bender 6x42 optic (designated L13), later replaced with the Schmidt & Bender 3-12x50 (designated L17A1) by the time of the Iraq War, the latter being taken off of the L118A1 Arctic Warfare rifles in British service at the time.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Cutie Honey Panther Claw sniper animated segment 2004

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Conflict: Desert Storm 2002
Time Crisis 3 Sniper Rifle Precision Marksman, Hold only 3 rounds 2003
7.62 High Calibre 2008

Accuracy International Arctic Warfare

Accuracy International AW - 7.62x51mm NATO
Accuracy International AW-F - 7.62x51mm NATO

The original Arctic Warfare is developed from the Precision Marksman, and the basis for the entire Arctic Warfare series that followed. Following Britain's adoption of the Precision Marksman, Sweden approached Accuracy International and requested for a sniper rifle like the L96A1 that would function well in arctic environments—hence the name "Arctic Warfare". The Arctic Warfare featured a whole package of improvements compared to the Precision Marksman, such as better furniture material, better scope, grasping tabs on the magazine, and the use of Picatinny rails instead of dovetail rails.

It is currently produced in .243 Win and 7.62x51mm NATO, and normally fitted with a 660mm (26") match grade barrel for accurate long range performance. The .243 Win has a 1 in 10 twist and the 7.62x51mm NATO has a 1 in 12. The 7.62x51mm NATO version AW is fitted with a muzzle brake which serves to reduce recoil and muzzle flip. The AW is normally supplied with a 10-round box magazine. Both versions are housed in either olive drab or black stock panels and black metalwork. Butt length can be adjusted by fitting spacers to suit the shooter.

This weapon is adopted as L118A1 (fixed stock) and L118A2 (folding stock) in the British military (in limited numbers by special forces), Psg 90 (Psg standing for Prickskyttegevär, or "Sniper Rifle") in the Swedish military, and SR98 in the Australian military, the SR98 variant featuring extra modifications like a threaded barrel and a free floating barrel.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Resident Evil: Apocalypse S.T.A.R.S. Sniper 2004
Bangkok Dangerous Nicolas Cage Joe 2008
Furious 7 Jason Statham Deckard Shaw w/ folding stock 2015
Hardcore Henry Sharlto Copley Jimmy w/ folding stock 2016


Title Actor Character Note Date
Ultimate Force Tony Curran Sgt. Pete Twamley Mixture of black, green and camouflaged rifles fitted with Schmidt & Bender scopes 2002 - 2006
Elliot Cowan Cpl. Jem Poynton
Danny Sapani Cpl. Ricky Mann
Sendhil Ramamurthy Tpr. Alex Leonard
Miles Anderson Col. Aidan Dempsey
Christopher Fox Cpl. Louis Hoffman
Liam Garrigan Cpl. Ed Dwyer
Louis Decosta Johnson Cpl. Dave Woolston Unknown variant, camouflaged
Jamie Michie Cpl. Finn Younger Referred to as the fictional "L97 with the long barrel". "WHO-HIT-JOHN?" engraved on stock, fitted with camouflage scrim and gun-sight camera.
Iris - Season 1 IRIS snipers Airsoft replica 2009
Jun-ho Jeong Jin Sa-woo Airsoft replica
Continuum - Season 1 Police officer Airsoft replica / "Family Time" (S01E09) 2012

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
AssaultCube Ingame semiautomatic 2006
Ghost Recon L96A1 2001
Delta Force: Task Force Dagger AW 2002
Söldner: Secret Wars AWM 2004
Combat Arms L96A1 Available w/ suppressor and ghille camouflage strips 2004
Battlefield 2 L96A1 With custom camo 2005
SAS Secure Tomorrow L96 2008
7.62 High Calibre 2008
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 L96 Arctic Warfare 2008
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 L96AW w/ side-folding stock 2010
GoldenEye 007 (2010) Gambit CP-208 w/ folding stock 2010
Karma Online 2011
Sniper: Ghost Warrior L96 Second Strike DLC 2011
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive AWP 2012
Team Fortress 2 AWPer Hand 2012
007: Legends Gambit CP-208 w/ folding stock 2012
Grand Theft Auto V Sniper Rifle 2013


Film/Television Title Character Notation Date
Kochikame 1996
Hellsing Seras no scope attached 2001
Elfen Lied S.A.T. 2004
Case Closed Shuichi Akai Ep. 425 'Black Impact! The Moment the Black Organization Reaches Out' and in the 43rd opening (2016) 2006
Amagi Brilliant Park Macaron 2014
Case Closed: Dimensional Sniper Shuichi Akai 2014
Case Closed: The Darkest Nightmare Shuichi Akai with Gen1 500m monocular infrared acope and Schmidt & Bender PM II telescopic sight 2016

Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Magnum

Accuracy International AWM-F - .300 Win Mag
Accuracy International AWSM without scope - .338 Lapua Magnum
Accuracy International L115A3 - .338 Lapua Magnum
Accuracy International AWSM-F - .338 Lapua Magnum. This is a late model gun where the stock has similar styling to the AT and AX series rifles.

The AWM is based on the AW rifle with minimal changes to accommodate Magnum length cartridges. Its detachable box magazine holds 5 rounds. Normal calibers are .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua Magnum: the latter is also referred to as the "AWSM" (Arctic Warfare Super Magnum) though this is not an official designation from the manufacturer. Folding stock versions are suffixed -F.

The British military adopted three versions of the .338 Lapua Magnum version of the AWM, designated the L115A1 through A3 Long Range Rifle. The L115A1 LRR features a fixed stock, Parker-Hale bipods, and a 3-12x scope. The L115A2 is a slightly improved version with a AI bipod and a folding stock. The L115A3 LRR is a finalized improved version fitted with a threaded muzzle brake, suppressor, dark earth folding stock, butt spike, adjustable Harris bipod and Schmidt & Bender 5-25x56 PM II LP sight. The German Bundeswehr adopts a .300 Win Mag version equipped with a folding stock and Zeiss 3-12x56 SSG scope as the G22.

An L115A3 was used by Cpl. Craig Harrison of the British Army to establish a new record distance for a confirmed kill shot in Afghanistan of 2,707 yards (2,475 m) in November 2009, surpassing the previous record held by a McMillan TAC-50 fired by Cpl. Rob Furlong of the Canadian Armed Forces. This record was later certified by Guinness World Records.


Title Actor Character Notation Date
Sniper 3 Tom Berenger Beckett 2004
Takers Paul Walker John Rahway 2010
Mechanic: Resurrection Jason Statham Arthur Bishop 2016
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Seen in armory 2019


Title / Episode Actor Character Notation Date
Future Weapons various 2009
Ultimate Weapons / Sniper Rifles w/ bipod 2010

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Counter-Strike Magnum Sniper Rifle Feeds 10 rounds magazine and also named "AWP" 2000
007: Nightfire Winter Covert Sniper Rifle/Winter Tactical Sniper Rifle w/ suppressor and white stock for Winter version 2002
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Magnum Sniper Rifle Feeds 10 rounds magazine 2003
Counter-Strike: Source Magnum Sniper Rifle Feeds 10 rounds magazine 2004
Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising L115A1 2004
Project Reality L115A3 / G22 With Harris bipod 2005
Alliance of Valiant Arms As the "AWM" 2007
Counter-Strike Online Magnum Sniper Rifle Red (Christmas Special) camouflage Feeds 10 rounds magazine and also named "AWP" 2007
Combat Arms L115A3 2008
Left 4 Dead 2 Accuracy International AWSM w/ weaponlight and optional laser sight
20 round
German Version only 2009
Call of Duty: Black Ops L96A1 Customizable Highly anachronistic 2010
Battlefield Play4Free L96A1 With optional desert tan paint scheme Incorrect 7-round capacity 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 L118A Customizable 2011
War Inc. Battlezone Mauser SRG w/ various attachments 2011
Battlefield 3 L96 Customizable DLC weapon 2011
Call of Duty: Ghosts L115 Customizable 2013
Contract Wars 2014
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex First Assault L118A-S1b w/ various attachments Starter sniper rifle 2015
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 L115A3. Not usable 2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds "AWM" w/ attachments Accuracy International AWM, chambered in .300 Magnum 2017

Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Police

Accuracy International AWP - 7.62x51mm NATO

The AWP rifle has a stiffer and shorter 610mm (24") barrel to maximise precision. Usual calibres are .243 Win (1 in 10 twist) and .308 Win (1 in 12 twist). The rifle is designed to perform best with match-grade ammunition. Butt length can be adjusted to suit the firer by using spacers. The AWP differs to other models, in that it's the only AW weapon system to have a black finish.


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Boondock Saints Norman Reedus Murphy 1999
Assault on Precinct 13 Corrupt SWAT Snipers 2005


Film/Television Title Character Notation Date
Library War Media Betterment Committee operators 2008

Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Suppressed

Accuracy International AWS - 7.62x51mm NATO

The AWS is specifically designed for use with subsonic .308 Winchester ammunition. The rifle consists of a 16" barrel housed in a suppressor of 28" overall length. The suppressor can be replaced with the standard barrel of an AW or AWP.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear AW Covert Urban Operations expansion 2000
The Sum Of All Fears "Silent Sniper" w/ 10-round magazine shown in semi-automatic mode 2002
Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow AW Covert (7.62MM) w/ custom stock and grip shown as semi-automatic 2004


Film/Television Title Character Notation Date
Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C³ Yachiyo Hinata Airsoft 2013

Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Covert

Accuracy International AWC - 7.62x51mm NATO

The AWC features an integrated sound suppressor, folding stock, and a 12" barrel. The rifle is carried in a small suitcase with the stock folded and the barrel detached. The rifle has been used by Germany as the G25 and had also been reportedly used by US and UK special forces.


Title / Episode Actor Character Notes Date
Sherlock/The Reichenbach Fall Pano Masti Unnamed Assassin 2012

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield w/ custom stock 2004

Accuracy International Arctic Warfare 50

Accuracy International AW50 - .50 BMG
Accuracy International AW50 (Latest version with fluted barrel and redesigned muzzle brake) - .50 BMG
Accuracy International AW50F - .50 BMG

The AW50 is the biggest, largest-caliber variant of the Arctic Warfare rifles, chambered in .50 BMG. The AW50F is a folding stock variant. The United Kingdom uses a limited number of AW50F rifles under the designation L121A1, and the rifle has also been used by Australia and Germany (as the G24).


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Ultimate Force Jamie Draven Jamie Dow "Just a Target", AW50F 2002 - 2006


Title Character Note Air Date
Elfen Lied S.A.T. Sniper AW50F 2004

Video games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Global Operations 2002
Far Cry Sniper Rifle AW50F with fictional digital scope 2005
Counter-Strike Online AW50 AW50F 2008
War Inc. Battlezone w/ various attachments Latest Version 2011
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 2013
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 ACC 50 2017

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