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SAR80
SAR 80
Country of origin

Singapore

Manufacturer(s)

CIS

Designer(s)

John Waters

Year(s) designed

1976

Production began

1980

Production ended

1984

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

5.56x45mm NATO

Action

Gas-operated, rotating bolt

Overall length

38 inches (97 centimeters)

  • 29.1 inches (73.8 centimeters) with buttstock folded
Barrel length

18 inches (45.9 centimeters)

Weight empty

8.2 pounds (3.7 kilograms)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

STANAG magazine

Cyclic rate

600 RPM

Used by

Singapore


The Singapore Assault Rifle 80, better known as the SAR 80, is a Singaporean assault rifle.

HistoryEdit

The rifle was developed in the early 1970s by Sterling as an offspring of sorts of their older Light Automatic Rifle, but was shelved when Sterling acquired the license to produce the AR-18. Due to this, the resulting weapon resembled the LAR with AR-18 parts. While cheaper and more reliable than the M16S1, the SAR 80 was not well-received due to it being less user-friendly and heavier, and as a result, only about 20000 were made. Most have been phased out in favor of the newer SR 88, but an undisclosed number of SAR 80s are still being stored by the Singaporean Police and used by Army logistic units.

TriviaEdit

  • It has been incorrectly reported that the SAR 80 was the standard assault rifle of the Singaporean Army; in reality, the SAR 80 was not widely adopted and Singaporean soldiers were not trained on this weapon in large numbers.

ReferencesEdit

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