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Enfield XL70E3
Enfield XL70E3
Country of origin

United Kingdom

Manufacturer(s)

RSAF Enfield

Year(s) designed

1970-3

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

5.56

Action

Gas operated

Weight empty

4.68kg

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30/40 rounds

Cyclic rate

850 rounds per minute

Maximum effective range

400 metres

The XL70E3 was a prototype assault rifle designed by RSAF Enfield.

OverviewEdit

The XL70E3 was an improvement on the XL64 IW rifle, re-chambered for 5.56 ammunition to meet the needs of NATO. Like the XL64, it was internally very similar to the AR-18 rifle made at Sterling. In fact, Enfield used Sterling-made AR-18s to create the first prototypes of the XL70E3, which triggered accusations that Enfield were copying Sterling. Nevertheless, the XL70E3 was more successful than the XL64, but reportedly functioned poorly in certain conditions, and so further improvements were made in the form of the SA80, the British service rifle.

A light machine gun variant, the XL73E2, was also prototyped, but like the XL70E3 it had to be improved and later became the L86 Light Support Weapon.



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