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« The L86A1 LSW is the variant of the L85 rifle, but features longer barrel than the L85A1 rifle, which gives it a greater effective range. This rifle was intended to provide fire support at a fireteam level.
This rifle features the ACOG (Advancet Combat Optical Gunsight).
Armoury Description

L86A2 LSW 5.56 mm
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png British Army
Type Bullpup Designated Marksman Rifle
Calibre 5.56×45 mm NATO
Dispersion 0.001 rad (semi)
0.001 rad (full)
Variants L85A2
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The L86A2 LSW 5.56 mm marksman rifle.

The L86A2 LSW (full name: Light Support Weapon) is a 5.56 mm marksman rifle exclusively used by the British Army in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the British Armed Forces DLC.


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The L86A2 LSW is a selective-fire, gas operated, bullpup marksman rifle that is chambered to fire the 5.56×45 mm NATO cartridge.

It loads from 30-round STANAG magazines like its parent assault rifle, and is able to attain a fire rate of up to 705 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 930 m/s. It has a (non-functional) bipod, and is always fitted with an ACOG riflescope by default. The L86A2 is unable to mount any sound suppressors.

British sharpshooter wielding the L86A2 LSW. Note the ACOG riflescope.

The L86A2 is a modified variant of the baseline L85A2 assault rifle. The overall layout of the L86A2 remains mostly the same as the L85A2 aside from using a longer barrel and folding bipod.

With regards to handling, the L86A2 has almost no difference to the L85A2 recoil-wise. The only main weakness is its longer barrel, which increases the user's inertia and inflicts a minor handling penalty in close quarters.

While the L86A2 works well as a medium-ranged marksman rifle, it suffers from the drawbacks faced by the American-made Mk12 SPR since it is chambered in 5.56 mm. 7.62 mm-chambered marksman rifles like the DMR or the Mk17 Sniper will always outperform the L86A2 not only in terms of stopping power, but also because they have a longer reach and better magnified optics.



Main article: L85A2


Round name Base damage value Aerodynamic velocity Initial velocity (m/s)
5.56×45 mm NATO 8 -0.001425 930
5.56×45 mm NATO SD 7 -0.0006 320

The L86A2 is limited to loading just two types of magazines. They require one inventory slot to carry:



Standard 30-round magazine.

Does not contain any visible tracers.



Specialised magazine loaded with subsonic 5.56 mm ammunition. Identical to regular 30-round STANAGs save for a much lower velocity of 320 m/s.


  • The L86A2 is often referred to as the L86A1 by its in-game Armoury Description as well as by its config entries. However, this is a misnomer as the real-world "L86A1" is a completely separate model of the L86A2 (which is an upgrade of the A1) and was notorious for the reliability and performance issues that plagued it.
  • As part of the latest Community Configuration Project/CorePatch changes, the L86A2's ACOG allows the user to activate night vision while looking through the primary scope. Prior to this, it was not possible to look through the scope and toggle night vision simultanously.


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Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA 2
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mmMP5 9 mmPDW 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Shotguns M1014Saiga 12KAA-12
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • G36 series* (G36C*, G36K*) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203, M4A3, M4A3 M203) • Mk16 CQC 5.56 mmXM8 Compact 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25*, AKS-74*) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm* • CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • FN FAL 7.62 mmG36A 5.56 mm* • L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL) • M16A2 5.56 mm* (M16A2 M203*) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203) • SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM) • Sa-58 7.62 mmXM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmL86A2 LSW 5.56 mmM14 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mmVSS Vintorez 9 mmXM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmCZ 550 9.3 mmCZ 750 S1 M1 .308KSVK 12.7 mm* • Lee-Enfield .303LRR .338M107 .50* • M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm* (M40A3) • SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm*
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mmM249 SAW 5.56 mm* • MG36 5.56 mm* • RPK-74 5.45 mmXM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm
Machine guns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mmMk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mm* • M240 7.62 mm* • M60E4 7.62 mmPKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32M79Mk13
Launchers 9K32 Strela-29K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MFGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136M47 DragonMAAWSNLAWRPG-7VRPG-18SMAW
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMIgla AA PodKORDL111A1L134A1M119A1M2M252Mk19Metis AT-132B14 PodnosRBS-70SearchlightSPG-9StingerTOWZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
Arma2-factionicon-britisharmy.png British Army - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns M1911 .45
Assault rifles L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL)
Designated marksman rifles L86A2 LSW 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmLRR .338
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mm
Machineguns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mm
Launchers FGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerNLAW
Static L111A1L134A1
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
British Armed Forces