Object Title

Centrefire automatic rifle - Experimental SA80 Enfield Weapon System Individual Weapon (EWS IW) XL68E2

Centrefire automatic rifle - Experimental SA80 Enfield Weapon System Individual Weapon (EWS IW) XL68E2

Date

about 1977

Object Number

PR.5352

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005

Physical Description

Final iteration of the XL60 series, in Individual Weapon configuration (left-handed, otherwise identical to XL64E5). A further development of the 00 and 0 series prototypes, incorporating a Kalashnikov/FN FAL style paddle magazine release, lever safety catch on left side (for both left and right-handed variants), and revised black polymer furniture with improved texturing. The bipod attachment provision on the handguard has been deleted. Redesigned bolt carrier with flat outer side with lightening cut (for IW variant) and stepped inner side (featuring a machined groove on the LSW variant). Also retains the earlier anti-bolt carrier bounce reciprocating mass (common to IW and LSW). Complete with folding front backup sight fitted to gas block, folding rear sight installed in pistol grip. Butt-pad is missing.

Techniques

Machining, Phosphating, Casting, Stamping, Painting

Materials

Dimensions

Bolt carrier groupWeight0.345kg
Bolt carrier groupWeight0.761lb
GunWeight3.23kg
GunWeight7.12lb
Barrellength21in.
Barrellength535mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number B0100

Calibre

4.85 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Selector markings
'S' and 'F' for 'Safe' and 'Fire'
Safety catch
Casting
Serial number
B 0100
Left side upper and lower receivers
stamping
Proof mark
Enfield proof (crown over RSAF)
Bolt
Engraving (electropencil)

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