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 Arctic Warfare

Accuracy International PM - 7.62x51mm NATO (Designated L96A1 by the British Military)
Accuracy International AW - 7.62x51mm NATO

Based on the PM (Precision Marksman), or L96A1 as it is known in the British Military, this model is the basis for the Arctic Warfare series of tactical rifles and is currently produced in calibers .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 in the British military, 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
Cutie Honey Panther Claw sniper animated segment 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 An Airsoft replica 2009
Jun-ho Jeong Jin Sa-woo An Airsoft replica
Continuum - Season 1 Police officer An 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
Conflict: Desert Storm 2002
Time Crisis 3 Sniper Rifle Precision Marksman, Hold only 3 rounds 2003
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 PM and AW 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
Amagi Brilliant Park Macaron 2014
Case Closed: Dimensional Sniper Shuichi Akai 2014
Case Closed: The Darkest Nightmare Shuichi Akai 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. The L115A3 is a British variant of the .338 Lapua Magnum AWM-F (adopted earlier as the L115A1) 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.
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. The British military adopts the .338 Lapua Magnum version as the L115A1 Long Range Rifle, and an improved .338 version as the L115A3 LRR. The .300 Win Mag version equipped with a folding stock (suffixed -F) and Zeiss 3-12x56 SSG scope is used by the German Bundeswehr 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


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 AW Covert - 7.62x51mm NATO

The AWC features a quick-detachable sound suppressor, and a 12" barrel. It is usually fitted with a side-folding stock.


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

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield AW Covert 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, designed for the Australian military, differs in that it has a Madco barrel.


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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