Accuracy International AWM
Country of origin

United Kingdom


Accuracy International


Accuracy International

Year(s) designed


Production began


Weapon type

Sniper rifle


.300 Winchester Magnum
.338 Lapua Magnum


Manually-operated, bolt-action

Overall length
  • .300: 47.2 inches (120 centimetres)
  • .338: 48.4 inches (123 centimetres)
Barrel length
  • .300: 26 inches (66 centimetres)
  • .338: 27 inches (69 centimetres)
Weight empty
  • .300: 6.5 kilograms (14 pounds)
  • .338: 6.9 kilograms (15 pounds)
Magazine/Cylinder capacity

5-round detachable box magazine

Maximum effective range

Over 1,000 metres (3,300 feet; 1,100 yards)

Used by

Bangledesh, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, United Kingdom

The Accuracy International AWM (Arctic Warfare Magnum) is a British sniper rifle.


Little is known about the design history of the AWM. Its combat history, however, is extremely illustrious; the AWM was adopted by various militaries around the world and has been used as their service sniper rifle, the most prominent of which are the British Army which designates it as the L115 and the German Military which designates it as the G22.

Design detailsEdit

The AWM is based on the AI L96A1 but is chambered for magnum cartridges. It comes issued with a Harris bipod, silencer, and x3-x12 x 50 Schmidt & Bender scope. It is the most expensive sniper weapon system that the British Army have bought into.

Second longest confirmed sniper killEdit

Corporal of the Horse Craig Harrison of the British Army, achieved the second longest confirmed kill ever recorded with an L115A3 in Afghanistan, November 2009. After 9 shots to range the target, he and his spotter, Trooper Cliff O'Farrell then dropped two Taliban Machine-gunners at a distance of 2,472 meters, or 1.56 miles. This record was broken on 22 June 2017 by a Canadian JTF2 soldier with a C15 LRSW.