Sterling LAR
Sterling LAR
Country of origin

Great Britain


Sterling Armaments Company

Year(s) designed


Weapon type

Assault rifle





Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30 rounds

The Sterling Light Automatic Rifle was an assault rifle designed by UK-based firearms company Sterling Armaments.


The LAR was designed in the 1970s, and it was similar in design to the AR-18 (a rifle which Sterling also produced). It was chambered for 5.56mm ammunition, which was rising in popularity at the time. The LAR featured a patented folding buttstock design which decreased the weight of the weapon considerably, although some models were fitted with fixed stocks. The LAR was built only as a prototype, and was deemed unnecessary since Sterling already produced the AR-18 rifle. The LAR was succeeded by the ill-fated SAR-87.

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