The L22 is part of the SA80 series of rifles, or the Small Arms of the 1980s group of British weapons. There have been three attempts at a carbine version of the family, the first was in 1989 (longer barrel). The second attempt, which was in 1994, used the standard L86 LSW handguard and a 17.4-inch barrel (length overall 709 mm, barrel length 442 mm). The third attempt (2003–2004) is also the only one to officially be adopted - the L22. This resembles the 1989 model but has all the necessary A2 upgrades, it has a 318 mm (12.5 in) barrel and an overall length of 585 mm. Around 1,500 were "manufactured" from surplus L LSDs, with more built due to increased demand. Because of the shortened barrel, it's less accurate and weaker than its cousins, especially at long ranges. Because there is no hand guard, these guns are outfitted with a vertical front grip(exists in the A1 and A2 variants). Initially issued to tank and armored vehicle crews for emergency action out of vehicle, the L22 has been seen in the hands of the Royal Marines Fleet Protection Group and pilots of all three services due to the compact size.
The L22 is best used at close to mid ranges to effectively utilize its high rate of fire and manage its extremely strong recoil and make use of its extremely high hipfire stability. Low accuracy prevents this weapon from being effective at longer ranges. It is the only primary weapon which can't attach a different grip attachment. Since the L22 has no options in the under barrel department to improve its Aim Stability or Accuracy stats, one should always have the laser, which is the only option available in the under barrel attachments section for the L22 carbine.
Pros and Cons
- Decent rate of fire.
- Very high Hip-fire stability and accuracy, meaning CQC with the this rifle is good.
- Very short gun which helps a lot in close quarters.
- No Underbarrel attachment, though Muzzle Brake can manage the recoil.
- Vertical Recoil without Barrel attachments is quite high.
- Low damage at longer ranges.
- This is the first primary weapon to have a laser as its only underbarrel attachment option.
- Currently, this weapon has the highest Hip Stability statistic in the Carbine Class, and probably the entire game (with no attachments).
- This article became Article of the Month on December 2015.
- The model in-game appears to be the L22A2.
- All the barrel attachments float in front of the barrel.
|List of Weapons|
|Primary Weapons||Assault Rifles||AK-12 - AN-94 - AS VAL - SCAR-L - AUG A1 - M16A4 - G36 - M16A3 - AUG A2 - FAMAS - AK47 - AUG A3 - L85A2 - Honey Badger - AK74 - AKM - M231|
|Personal Defensive Weapons (PDWs)||MP5K - UMP45 - MP7 - P90 - MP5 - Colt SMG 635 - MP5SD - MP10 - MP5/10 - AUG A3 Para - Kriss Vector|
|Light Machine Guns (LMGs)||M60 - AUG HBAR - MG36 - L86 LSW - RPK - SCAR-HAMR - RPK74|
|Sniper Rifles||Intervention - Remington 700 - BFG 50 - Mosin Nagant - Railgun|
|Carbines||M4 - G36C - M4A1 - L22 - SCAR-PDW - SR-3M|
|Designated Marksman Rifles (DMRs)||MK-11 - SKS - Dragunov SVU - VSS Vintorez - SCAR-SSR|
|Battle rifles||SCAR-H - AG-3|
|Shotguns||KSG-12 - Remington 870|
|Secondary Weapons||Pistol||M9 - G17 - M1911 - DEAGLE 44|
|Machine Pistol||G18 - M93R - TEC-9|
|Other||Serbu Shotgun - Obrez|