Can any of you old squadies help.
Many years ago a friend told me that during the Falklands war a few solidiers were issued the SA80 rifle to see how it would operate under battle conditions.
Last week a friend at work said this was total ******** and there were no SA80's out there. Do any of you know any different.
I think that's rubbish.
IIRC, the first time I saw an SA80 was in 1985.
I suppose if they'd been in development for years then the rifle may have been around in prototype form three years earlier.
Bet it didn't work though.
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I would say its bull****. Far as i know the sa80 wasnt in use until 1985?
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IT is possible mate I saw A BULLPUP on test in GERMANY in the mid 70s, but I THINK it was a 4.85 round that was on test as we wanted a NATO round,so a few MIGHT have been er,,, on test in the Falklands
i have a book here "modern rifles,shotguns and pistols" and the sa-80 is inside,it states that it was introduced in 1985 but as the lee enfield xm-70
I didn't see any...
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'test' in combat??? Hardly going to get much feedback it it doesn't work. Sounds redilculous to me...can't see SF or the para's wearing that one...
I saw a composite caseless bullpup in 1989...only the barrel was metal. Silly cyclic rate, square cartridges, very light...think that was 4.85 as well.
I seem to remember that that one was a caseless cartridge! So no brass to eject.
Also it had a three round burst that was so quick the third one went before the recoil had affected the aim.
Also I think it had a 50 round horizontal (on top of the barrel) magazine.
Well ahead of its time.....wrong caliber for the US!!!!
I shot an SA80 on an international arms demo in Bovington in 1980, it jammed on the first shot !! We also gave a demo of the patchet silenced smg which was a cracking bit of kit. I can not say if they were in the Falklands but can 100% say they existed at that time.....