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Accuracy International Arctic Warfare

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sniper rifle

  • ORIGIN
    United Kingdom

  • NICKNAMES
    L115 (UK military designation for AWSM)
    L118 (UK military designation for AW)
    G22 (.300 AWM in German service)
    G23 (.300 AWM-F in German service)
    G25 (AWS in German service)
    Prickskyttegevär 90 / Psg 90 (Swedish military designation for AW)
    SR-98 (AW in Australian service)

  • DESIGNED
    1982 - 1987

  • DESIGNER
    Accuracy International

  • PRODUCTION
    1988 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    United Kingdom - Accuracy International

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    About $5.850 for plain AWSM in 2010
    About GBP 3.500 for plain AW in 2010
    About GBP 3.850 for plain AWSM in 2010

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    High production quality
    Very good accuracy
    Good ergonomics
    Expensive

Introduction

The Arctic Warfare is a sniper rifle of UK origin. It is a further development of the PM series. The AW has become very popular among armies and special units around the world and has become the leading bolt action sniper rifle. The Magnum models have taken up in popularity in the recent years and the AWSM currently viewed as the standard model. The AWSM model currently holds the record for the longest range confirmed kill.

Design

The AW series is based on the earlier PM rifle. The Arctic Warfare designation has been derived from the bolt action system that allows it to function well even in freezing situations. Compared to the PM the AW features a variety of small ergonomic improvements. The polymer stock and aluminum chassis reduce the weight. The barrel is free floating and a two stage trigger is standard. Late production models allow for a variety of options including a Picatinny sight rail, rear monopod and front sight rail.

Firepower

The baseline AW rifle fires the 7.62x51mm NATO round from a 10 round box magazine. Additionally there are the AWM in .300 Winchester and AWSM in .338 Lapua. The effective range is claimed to be 1.000 m for the AW, 1.200 m for the AWM and 1.500 m for the AWSM. The accuracy is around 0.5 MOA when high quality ammunition is used.

Users

The AW and its derivatives are in use with over 30 nations. The AW is mainly used by European forces and special units. Additionally it is popular in South America and Asia.

Variants

AW

The AW model is the baseline model of the AW series. The AW is chambered in the 7.62x51mm NATO round and features a 660 mm barrel. The now discontinued AWP model was developed for police use. It differs in having a shorter 610 mm barrel without flash hider. It was also available in .243 Winchester. The need for the AWP has faded away and it has been discontinued. The color and shorter barrel length are now optional on the AW and the AE has been introduced as a cheaper model for law enforcement use. The AW-F is an AW with folding stock.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine10 rounds
OperationBolt-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt-action
Barrel length660 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 305 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity850 m/s
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.180 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight6.4 kg empty without scope
SightsVarious optical sights, optional iron sights
RemarksBipod
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine10 rounds
OperationBolt-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt-action
Barrel length660 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 305 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity850 m/s
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.180 mm / 980 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight6.6 kg empty without scope
SightsVarious optical sights, optional iron sights
RemarksBipod
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber.243 Winchester
Magazine10 rounds
OperationBolt-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt-action
Barrel length610 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 254 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.120 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight6.6 kg empty without scope
SightsVarious optical sights, no iron sights
RemarksBipod
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine10 rounds
OperationBolt-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt-action
Barrel length610 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 305 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.120 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight6.4 kg empty without scope
SightsVarious optical sights, no iron sights
RemarksBipod

AWS

The AWS, or Arctic Warfare Suppressed, is a variant of the AW that is fitted with an integrated silencer. The silencer includes a short barrel in a much longer encasing. The AWS is able to fire both standard and subsonic ammunition. The effective range with subsonic ammunition is 200 meters and 450 meters with standard ammunition. The silencer is very effective. It reduces 85 dB(A) with subsonic ammunition and 109 dB(A) with standard ammunition. The AWC, or AW Covert, is a version of the AWS that is easier to transport and conceal. It can be quickly taken apart and features a folding stock and has a standard pistol grip. It has an even short barrel than the AWS.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine10 rounds
OperationBolt-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt-action
Barrel length406 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 229 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity310 m/s
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.230 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight7.3 kg empty without scope
SightsVarious optical sights, no iron sights
RemarksBipod, integrated silencer
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine10 rounds
OperationBolt-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt-action
Barrel length305 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 203 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity310 m/s
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.2 m / 1.0 m
Width?
Height?
Weight6 kg empty without scope
SightsVarious optical sights, no iron sights
RemarksBipod, integrated silencer

AWM

The Arctic Warfare Magnum is a variant of the original AW that has been chambered in more powerful Magnum rounds. The Arctic Warfare Magnum (AWM) fires the .300 Winchester Magnum from a 5 round magazine. It features a longer barrel with standard muzzle brake. The Arctic Warfare Super Magnum (AWSM) fires the .338 Lapua round from a 5 round magazine. The AWSM features an even longer barrel with a large muzzle brake. The folding stock versions are designated AWM-F and AWSM-F. The UK L115A1 is a standard AWSM and the L115A3 with a large variety of improvements such as folding stock, new scope, front sight rail, new bipod and detachable silencer.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber.300 Winchester Magnum
Magazine5 rounds
OperationBolt-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt-action
Barrel length660 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 280 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.200 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight6.5 kg empty without scope
SightsVarious optical sights, optional iron sights
RemarksBipod
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber.300 Winchester Magnum
Magazine5 rounds
OperationBolt-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt-action
Barrel length660 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 280 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.200 mm / 1.000 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight6.7 kg empty without scope
SightsVarious optical sights, optional iron sights
RemarksBipod
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber.338 Lapua
Magazine5 rounds
OperationBolt-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt-action
Barrel length686 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 280 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.230 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight6.9 kg empty without scope
SightsVarious optical sights, optional iron sights
RemarksBipod
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber.338 Lapua
Magazine5 rounds
OperationBolt-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt-action
Barrel length686 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 280 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.230 mm / 1.030 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight7.1 kg empty without scope
SightsVarious optical sights, optional iron sights
RemarksBipod

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