Enfield SA80

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The SA80 (Small Arms for the 1980s) is a series of 5.56x45mm bullpup assault rifles and light support weapons designed on the operation of the Armalite AR-18 and SAR-87 (An advanced AR-18 made by the rival company Sterling Armaments of Dagenham), and produced from 1985 to 1994 by the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock.

In 1988 production of the rifle was transferred to the Royal Ordnance’s Nottingham Small Arms Facility (later British Aerospace, Royal Ordnance; now BAE Systems Land Systems Munitions & Ordnance).

The SA80 can be seen in the following films, television series, anime and video games used by the following actors:

Contents

Specifications

(1985-1994)

  • Type: Assault Rifle
  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Capacity: 20, 30-round STANAG magazines
  • Fire Modes: repetition (semiautomatic), automatic (safety is NOT a fire mode and is separate to the selector)

L85

L85A1

The original variant of the SA80 series issued to the British forces. These were manufactured by Royal Ordnance (Formerly known as Enfield) from 1985 until 1994 after the notorious faults of the weapon in battlefield conditions.

L85A1 - 5.56x45mm NATO
L85A1 with SUSAT scope - 5.56x45mm NATO

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Aliens Seen on gun rack on Sulaco in extended edition 1986
Patriot Games British Army Guards With covered SUSAT scopes and bayonets 1992
Patriot Games British Army soldiers With SUSAT scopes 1992
Police Story 3: Supercop Royal Hong Kong police officer 1992
The Devil's Own British Army soldiers With SUSAT scopes 1997
Dog Soldiers British Army soldiers With blank-firing adaptors and SUSAT scopes 2002
Underworld With SUSAT scope, seen on gun rack 2003
Resident Evil: Extinction Linden Ashby Chase With M68 Aimpoint red dot scope 2007
Doomsday British Army Guards Appear to be old airsoft toys (due to mini Union Flag near butt plate) 2008
Punisher: War Zone Seen on gun rack 2009
Kick-Ass Seen on gun rack 2010

Television

Show Title/Episode Actor Character Notation Air Date
Soldier Soldier Robson Green Dave Tucker w/ SUSAT scopes, w/ and without bayonets and protective covers 1991 - 1997
Soldier Soldier  ??? British Army soldiers w/ SUSAT scopes, w/ and without bayonets and protective covers 1991 - 1997
Bugs/"Stealth" 1995 - 1999
Firefly  ??? Alliance soldiers w/SUSAT scopes 2002
Firefly  ??? Browncoats 2002
Ultimate Force British MOD police w/SUSAT scopes 2002 - 2006
SAS troopers w/SUSAT scopes, only used for ceremonial occasions
Red Cap Tamzin Outhwaite, others British Army W/SUSATs or Iron Sights 2003 - 2004
Zero Hour  ??? British Army soldiers 2004-2007
Battlestar Galactica  ??? Honor guards w/white-painted handguard and lower receiver 2004 - 2009
Battlestar Galactica/"Resistance", "The Farm"  ??? Caprica Resistance fighters w/ SUSAT scopes 2004 - 2009
Situation Critical  ??? British Army soldiers w/SUSAT scopes 2007
Caprica  ??? Caprican police officer 2010

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear w/ SUSAT scope 1999
Ghost Recon SA80 w/ SUSAT scope 2001
Battlefield 2 w/ SUSAT scope 2005
Black Stock footage 2006
Combat Arms 2008
Rainbow Six: Vegas (PSP) 2007
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl IL86 w/optional M203 grenade launcher and suppressor Erroneously shown with controls inverted onto the lefthand side 2007

Anime

Film/Series Title Character Notation Date
Akira Neo Tokyo Police troops w/SUSAT scopes 1987
Spriggan British (?) troops 1994


L85A2

The L85A2 is a revamped version of the L85A1 with improved components, most notably the external 'Comma' shaped combined charging handle/brass deflector and stronger internal parts. The upgrading of L85A1 rifles to the L85A2 standard was carried out by Heckler & Koch between 2002 and 2006; since then further improvements have been made in response to operational requirements, including new RIS/RAS equipped foreguards and the adoption of the ACOG sight by some units in Afghanistan. The new foreguards and the adoption of the Elcan Spectre as the official replacement of the SUSAT will be applied to all British Army units over the next three to four years.

L85A2 - 5.56x45mm NATO
L85A2 with SUSAT scope - 5.56x45mm NATO
L85A2 5.56x45mm with L123A2 grenade launcher 40mm

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
28 Days Later British soldiers With SUSAT scopes, with and without bayonet 2002
Children of Men British soldiers With SUSAT scopes 2006
Flood British soldiers 2007

Television

Show Title/Episode Actor Character Notation Air Date
Sherlock / S01E01 - "A Study in Pink"  ??? British Army soldier w/SUSAT scope 2010
Doctor Who  ??? British Army paratroopers w/and w/out Surefire weaponlights 2005 - ????
Ultimate Force  ??? British Army soldiers w/SUSAT scopes 2002 - 2006

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd GIG British soldiers With futuristic furniture, cybernetic sights and underbarrel M203 2004-2005


Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Battlefield 2 With AG36 grenade launcher 2005
Project Reality With grippod foregrip and optional L123A2 grenade launcher, ACOG or SUSAT scopes 2005
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat w/M203 grenade launcher 2005
Ghost Recon 2 SA-80A2 w/SUSAT scope 2004
Counter-Strike Online 2009
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 w/various optional accessories 2008
SOCOM: Confrontation IW-80 A2 2008
Delta Force: Task Force Dagger Sa-80 A2 w/SUSAT scope 2002
Contra 4 2007
ArmA II SA80A2 w/ RIS, SUSAT, EOTech sights; also can be fitted with L123A2 grenade launcher 2010
Battlefield 3 L85A2 w/ various accessories 2011


L22

L22 Prototype

Converted from L86A1 Light Support Weapons, These are issued to AAC, RAC and some REME Crew as a personal defence weapon. Often wrongly refered to as the L22A1, this gun was never given an L designation, known only as an SA80 AFV or Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

SA80 AFV prototype with SUSAT scope - 5.56x45mm NATO

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Killing Floor Bullpup w/EOTech red dot sight and 40-round magazine 2009


L22A1

Converted from L86A2 Light Support Weapons, These are issued to AAC Crew as a personal defense weapon. Often wrongly labelled the L22A2. The L22A1 has the same internal modification as the L85A2 and L86A2, but as the modification were done before the L22 was officially introduced it is designated the L22A1. New upgrades are now available such as the 20rnd magazine and picatinny rail systems.

L22A1 w/20-round magazine and SUSAT scope - 5.56x45mm NATO

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Notation Release Date
Project Reality With SUSAT scope 2005
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 2012



L86

L86A1

The L86A1 Light Support Weapon is the sustained fire variant of the SA80 series. Many have been replaced by the FN Minimi in this role or converted into L22 Carbines for AFV/Chopper crew members as a personal defense weapon.

L86A1 with SUSAT scope - 5.56x45mm NATO

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
A Sound of Thunder Apartment Resident Lacks either iron sights or optics 2005

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Soldier Soldier British Army Soldiers w/various optics, w/ and w/O BFAs 1991-1997
Red Cap British Army Soldiers w/SUSAT optic 2003-2004

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Fallout 2 Light Support Weapon converted to a sniper rifle features tan plastics, lengthened barrel 1998
Modern Warfare 2 w/ RIS foregrip, suppressor, red dot sight, EOtech holographic sight, SUSAT, thermal sight and/or extended magazine 2009

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Black Lagoon Seen on wall, with SUSAT scope 2006


L86A2

A revamped L86A1 LSW. The L86A2 is in limited usage along the FN Minimi, only for DMR purposes as it has superior accuracy/range. The L86A2 is also used by the ACF but only 3-Star+ Trained Cadets are allowed to use this weapon. As of 2009/10, futher modifications have been made to L86A2s used in Afghanistan. These have the current foreguards replaced with the DD-quad RAS foreguard (with the ability to add various extras on all surfaces, such as foregrips or flashlights). The outrigger under the barrel can been removed (but bipod retained) or replaced with a RiS/RAS rail system. SUSATs retained, with the intention of replacing them with Elcan Spectre optics. These modifications have only been made to a select few units L86A2 DMRs. Those units not in, or immediately going to Afghanistan have yet to recieve the upgrades.

L86A2 - 5.56x45mm NATO

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Project Reality With optional SUSAT scope 2005


SA80 Prototypes

Various prototypes made by Enfield for the British Government, starting in 1969. Various models, earliest using NATO 7.62. However, both of those listed below used the experimental British 4.85mm round. When NATO adopted the US 5.56 round, the XL70 series was redesigned to fire 5.56 and renamed under the SA80 programme - Small Arms for the 1980's. This project also included an LSW (although that version had a changeable barrel). Originally, the weapon had only a SUSAT - which was built in to the rifle, and non-removable - however, there was a folding foresight (visible).

XL64E5

XL64E5 - 4.85x49mm

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Notation Air Date
The Professionals / Wild Justice Lewis Collins Bodie 1977-1983
The Professionals / Wild Justice Martin Shaw Doyle 1977-1983

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Call of Duty: Black Ops Enfield w/ various customization options 2010


XL70E3

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Fallout 2 "XL70E3" fires 5mm rounds 1998
Fallout Tactics "XL70E3 Enfield" fires 5.56mm rounds 2001


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