The SA80 (Small Arms for the 1980s) is a British family of 5.56mm small arms. It is a selective fire, gas-operated firearm. SA80 prototypes were trialed in 1976 and production was completed in 1994. The L85 rifle variant of the SA80 family has been the standard issue service rifle of the British Armed Forces since 1987, the improved L85A2 remains in service today. The remainder of the family comprises the L86 Light Support Weapon, the short-barreled L22 carbine and the L98 Cadet rifle.
Only a couple of centimeters short and a couple hundred grams lighter then the real thing, this thing feels very real indeed and is easily the best example of an L85 A2 Carbine replica on the Airsoft market. A bold creation of high strength polymer and steel, the combination of strange ergonomics and control layout unique of the L85 A2 Carbine bullpup is faithfully recreated.
We personally attest to the very real feel of this gun albeit a very new, shiny, clean version as supposed to the gun oil greasy one he was introduced back in the day. Even the polymer furniture makes use of the same nylon material on the handguard, pistol grip and cheek piece and even recreates the real steels furniture texture pretty great as well. They have even re-created the nagging little breech dust cover found on the real steel.
ICSs creation feeds from a high cap 450 round version being included with the weapon plus another one. Having tested it across a few samples, we can attest to its compatibility with Tokyo Marui magazines as well making the prospect of buying additional ones very easy. It field strips realistically, the barrel is steel and the piston is realistic. The bolt can lock to the rear (manually) by use of the functioning bolt catch which makes accessing the hop-up unit that much easier. The plastic butt plate makes shouldering the weapon pretty comfortable too.
A bullpup weapon, the magazine well is located behind the trigger group and as such the inner barrel length is approximately the same as an M4A1 despite the overall weapon being 140 mm shorter. The milspec carry handle has the integrated iron sight which is fine for mid range shooting but the handle and front iron sight can be removed and the removal of the carry handle exposes the accessory rail for mounting alternative optics (not included). For those that care, the fire selector and safety are operated independently of each other allowing you to carry a safe weapon pre-selected in either fire mode which is a handy plus.
The battery storage solution is front wired in the handguard accessible via the removal of the upper handguard by a single lift; the small space fits a mini 7.4v battery rather snugly.