Talk:Accuracy International Arctic Warfare series

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Accuracy International Arctic Warfare, airsoft replica
Accuracy International AE - 7.62x51mm NATO. The AE is a cheaper version intended for civillian and police use and can be distinguished by its rounded receiver, plain barrel and different bolt with a simpler two position safety (The AW series rifles have a 3 position safety which was also incorporated into later AE MkIII rifles).
Accuracy International AW-F - 7.62x51mm NATO
G22 (AWM-F) - .300 Winchester Magnum
Accuracy International AW50F - .50 BMG
Accuracy International AT - 7.62x51mm NATO


How to distinguish-The Basics

1st off for any one confused with whether a rifle is an R700 in an AICS chassis or an Accuracy international, look at the bolt! the AI l96 series uses a ball shape bolt at the end of a round piece of metal while the R700 uses a flat "Tab" bolt handle.

PM/L96A1:The PM, the Grandpops of all the Arctic Warfare series, it is robust and is in 7.62 NATO. It was called the l96A1 by the Brit military until its replacement by the AWSM, the Super Magnum.

AW: The AW is the standard Arctic Warfare, it is only chambered in 7.62 NATO and .243, and has the smallest frame of all the AW series.

AWM: The AWM is the Arctic Warfare Magnum, slightly larger feed and operating system, due to it being chambered in .300 Win. Mag.

IMPORTANT: A surefire way to tell a standard AW from an AW magnum. Look at the magazine! The magnum is .300 WM so the magazine is clearly longer than the standard AW in 7.62 NATO.!!!

AWP: The AWP is for Police, so AWP standing for Arctic Warfare Police. It is always black, not olive drab or tan. It also has a shorter 24 in (610 mm) barrel in comparison to AW model. The AWP is normally chambered for 7.62 mm NATO/.308 Winchester or .243 Winchester ammunition. The AWP is similar to the AW AE which has a black finish, but is a cheaper non-military version of the AW series.

AWS: The AWS(Arctic Warfare Suppressed) is simply a standard AW in 7.62 NATO, with an elongated barrel with an attached suppressor, which unfortunately gives it the effectiveness of a .22 Magnum.

AWC: The AWC is the Arctic Warfare Covert. It is the Standard 7.62 AW with a folding stock, and has a Suppressor similar to a AWS but with a shorter, fatter suppressor. It is often stored and transported in a civilian suitcase.

AWSM: The Arctic Warfare Super magnum, the AWSM is the AW magnum in .338 Lapua. it is the G22 in the German military.

AW50: The AW50 is a AW Magnum chambered in .50 BMG, it's extremely large loading system distinguishes it from others.

AW50F: AW50F is the same as a AW50 except with a folding stock and a fluted Madco custom barrel. This kind is uncommon because it is only used by the Australian Military.

AE: The AE is cheap alternative to the PM/L96. it is made of cheaper materials and less ergonomic, it is simply a meant for police practice and target shooting.

I did my best, researched, and produced. i hope this provides lots of help! Thanks!User:SargeOverkill

It's also worth noting that the L96A1 has a rectangular stock, unlike the rest of the of the AW range. In fact it's the only AW rifle to have a rectangular stock, thus should be the easiest to identify. --GazWhale 19:50, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

Here's all of the images of AWs on Imfdb that you can use to compare models if you don't get SargeOverkill's comment. Hope this helps. - Kenny99 18:52, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
Accuracy International Precision Marksman 7.62x51mm NATO (Designated L96A1 by the British Military)
Accuracy International AW 7.62x51mm NATO
Accuracy International AWSM .338 Lapua Magnum
Accuracy International AW50 .50 BMG
Accuracy International AW50F .50 BMG
Accuracy International AWP

Mission Accomplished (from the front page)

NOTE: IMFDB really needs someone who is good with the AW rifles and can tell the more subtle variants apart from each other - i.e. L96 from AW and AWM, AWP from AICS, etc. This page was crap before, treating every AW variant as if it were the L96 (which is the British service version) and eschewing the other variants. However, I don't know enough about the platform to tell them apart, and distinguish between them all in the movies where they appear. So anyone who wants to help out, please do. Thanks. -MT2008

Sir, i have done the job. Check the discussion for the differences.-User:SargeOverkill

AW Covert

Is this the AW Covert? I am having a hard time finding a good image of it. - bozitojugg3rn4ut 17:06, 26 July 2011 (CDT)

I dont think it is, at least not 100%. It has the stock of the PM or L96 (complete mag well, non adjustable cheek riser and flat bottomed butt without monopod) rather than the AW stock, which I'm assuming the AW Covert would have. Just came across this picture though.
AWS - 7.62x51mm
I think this is the AWS, which is the same as the AWC, except the AWC has a folding stock as well and a quick detach barrel:
AWC - 7.62x51mm
AWC - 7.62x51mm
These little pics are the only ones I can find of it though. --commando552 18:13, 10 August 2011 (CDT)


The AW series no longer appears on AI's website and in their catalogues. Looks like the AT (Accuracy Tactical) will be the replacement. Shame if you ask me. - bozitojugg3rn4ut (talk) 12:58, 13 January 2015 (EST)

I think it has actually been discontinued for a little while now (and by that I mean missing from their website) but I believe that they still actually build them for military contracts if required. As much as I do like the classic look of the AW (seems odd to describe a sniper rifle with a polymer stock over a metal chassis as "classic" but whatever), the AT is basically the same weapon with quite a few improvements. It has a new adjustable trigger, it is more modular with better integration for the night vision rail and the Keymod panels on the sides and bottom, it has a quick change barrel, it is likely more ergonomic for most people with that layout, and it has a better folding stock. All that being said, for nostalgic reason though I would still go for the AW every time though. Well, actually I would go for a .338 Lapua AWSM (more so if they could give it the slightly longer action from an AX so it can take any type of .338), as from my opinion the AX series has looks that only a mother could love. --commando552 (talk) 18:24, 13 January 2015 (EST)
Well, all good things come to an end. They could have kept the "AW" name for the new AT though. :( - bozitojugg3rn4ut (talk) 02:50, 14 January 2015 (EST)

AWM vs AWSM google search stats

Compared on Google Trends:

Both stats show that on average, AWM is used more often than AWSM. --Wuzh (talk) 11:44, 16 August 2018 (EDT)

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