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Sterling LAR-70
Sterling Light Automatic Rifle
Country of origin

United Kingdom

Manufacturer(s)

Sterling Armaments Company

Year(s) designed

1970s

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

5.56×45mm NATO

Action

Gas-operated

Overall length

37.5 in (95 cm)

Barrel length

19 in (48 cm)

Weight

9 lb (4.1 kg)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30 rounds

Cyclic rate

650rpm

The Light Automatic Rifle was a British assault rifle produced by the Sterling Armament Company.

HistoryEdit

The LAR was designed by Sterling in the late 1970s. It was designed to be an affordable and compact 5.56×45mm carbine for export sales. When Sterling acquired the rights to produce the ArmaLite AR-18, the LAR was shelved and consequently never saw full production.

DesignEdit

The LAR was a basic gas-operated assault rifle constructed from stamped steel pressings. It cocked from the right side and ejected from the cocking slot. The LAR was offered with both a fixed stock and a patented over-folding wireframe stock.