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Hi does anyone know any dealers selling a l96 in the uk.im just looking at prices just now.id be looking for it in 308.please pm me if yous know anyone.cheers guys

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I've never seen a genuine L96 in private hands. The British Army ones have now been declared obsolescent and under MoD's policies will be scrapped rather than sold (barking I know, but there you have it).

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I'm sure I've seen one at the Shooting Show this year, it was on a stand run by a club that specialised in sniper rifles. It could have been a replica or an over run sold to the public as I never asked about it.

 

I would imagine you would be looking at big money if you ever come across one.

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At the risk of looking stupid isn't an AI AW sold by sporting services what you are after, prices the lot all on their website?

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Thanks gandy.everything i saw when i used google refered to airsoft pretty much.i was going to get a cheaper rifle set up to start with and then sell that to move up etc but i think just taking the hit the now and buying a ai to start may be better.if you guys know any other dealers selling any ai please let me know.thanks

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If you don't want an L96 because it's an L96 then buy an Accuracy International AT.

 

 

All the rifle you will ever need and very good value. The L96 will cost a lot more due to rarity.

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Sporting Services is the obvious place to try, you could also try GunTrader, GunStar plus there are heaps of AI rifles advertised here on UKV on a regular basis.

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I was more looking through a actual shop as i like to pay by card.but ive had a look at the sporting services site very nice rifles starting at about 4500

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There was one at the show tis year but it was on the Help for Heroes Stand along with a stack of other ex issue rifles etc. nice to see one after so many years

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Getting hold of a genuine L96 is like finding gold plated rocking horse droppings.

A friend of mine has just acquired one and I'm under instructions to keep the price secret but he could have bought a new car for the same money. Luckily his wife sees the value of the investment because the price keeps rising due to their scarcity.

Here's the story as he tells it to me and as based on the info he got from the team at AI: There were about 1500 L96's produced, of which 50 or so went to UK police forces and some to the USA. When the AW replaced it the MoD decided that the L96 should not be allowed onto the civilian market and had them all the forces ones scrapped. So, the only ones that became available to the likes of us were the ones help by plod and in the States. From then on the resale price soared.

My friend in question did a lot of searching for the one he eventually got, but the wait was long. Even then it was because a friend who new a friend etc. and he paid a tad more than he wanted to because he knew another one coming on the market was practically non-existent.

Graeme Clark of Sporting Services is one lucky owner but I know that both he and my friend would not part with them even for your arm and both legs as payment.

 

From a personal point of view I don't see why the L96 is so desirable except as an investment. IMHO the AW is a big improvement and if you look at both side by side (as I have done because I'm able to compare my AW with the L96) the L96 looks like a prototype for the AW.

 

Good luck with the search and please keep us up-to-date if find and buy one, especially the price tag, but an early AW would probably be the best bet.

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I'm sure I've seen one at the Shooting Show this year, it was on a stand run by a club that specialised in sniper rifles. It could have been a replica or an over run sold to the public as I never asked about it.

I would imagine you would be looking at big money if you ever come across one.

That would have been the FCSA stand then.........

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Wonder why the army decided to scrap the rifles rather than offer them to the civilian market

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Wonder why the army decided to scrap the rifles rather than offer them to the civilian market

 

Due to the Government's 'embarassment' that when we did Op Barras in Sierra Leone, the chaps coyly known by our press as the West Side Boys (who actually called themselves the West Side Niggas - but the UK press couldn't cope with that) were armed, in the main, with ex-Brit SLRs that they'd been able to buy.

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Due to the Government's 'embarassment' that when we did Op Barras in Sierra Leone, the chaps coyly known by our press as the West Side Boys (who actually called themselves the West Side Niggas - but the UK press couldn't cope with that) were armed, in the main, with ex-Brit SLRs that they'd been able to buy.

Interestingly and timely there was an article in the Saturday Mail newspaper recently about the West side Niggas which includes a photo of a 'gang' of them armed with SLRs. Brown Dog has explained how they got them.

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Probably refering to The Lovat Society:

http://www.gunmart.net/militaria/article/the_lovat_society

 

Re L96 Helston Gunsmiths is worth a call....I'm sure I was offered a well used l96 for circa. £1,500 a couple of years ago.

Tiff

 

Quite possibly, although I don't think they were at the shooting show this year? (Probably wrong again) and there was an L96 on our stand all weekend ;-)

 

Mike

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I tried to purchase a fully moderated L96 several years ago form a Constabulary who had it surplus to requirements.

 

I understand the rifle went to Helstons, with whom this particular constab had a service contract for small arms.

 

It was a very fair offer but declined...

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What does the L96A1 offer over any other readily available AI 7.62x51mm rifle - is it the fact that it's military marked, what?

 

The OP mentions he wants one in .308, I'm not aware of the L96A1 ever being offered in anything but 7.62x51mm as were the revised L118A1 (basically an AW) bought to bolster numbers prior to the L115A1/A3 in .338Lm coming into service.

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What does the L96A1 offer over any other readily available AI 7.62x51mm rifle - is it the fact that it's military marked, what?

 

The OP mentions he wants one in .308, I'm not aware of the L96A1 ever being offered in anything but 7.62x51mm as were the revised L118A1 (basically an AW) bought to bolster numbers prior to the L115A1/A3 in .338Lm coming into service.

IMHO the L96A1 offers nothing over the AI AW 7.62 rifle, other than as a really nice piece of firearms history and the investment value. The latter is an improvement on the L96 design otherwise, why change it?

At the risk of upsetting those who really do know their stuff about AI rifles, a lot of shooters don't know the difference between the different designs and refer to the L96 to cover the whole genre.

To give an example, when I took my then new AW to Kingsbury a few guys said (and I quote) "That's a nice L96. I've always fancied one of those."

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IMHO the L96A1 offers nothing over the AI AW 7.62 rifle, other than as a really nice piece of firearms history and the investment value. The latter is an improvement on the L96 design otherwise, why change it?

At the risk of upsetting those who really do know their stuff about AI rifles, a lot of shooters don't know the difference between the different designs and refer to the L96 to cover the whole genre.

To give an example, when I took my then new AW to Kingsbury a few guys said (and I quote) "That's a nice L96. I've always fancied one of those."

 

Brillo, I was guilty of that until recently!

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IMHO the L96A1 offers nothing over the AI AW 7.62 rifle, other than as a really nice piece of firearms history and the investment value. The latter is an improvement on the L96 design otherwise, why change it?

At the risk of upsetting those who really do know their stuff about AI rifles, a lot of shooters don't know the difference between the different designs and refer to the L96 to cover the whole genre.

To give an example, when I took my then new AW to Kingsbury a few guys said (and I quote) "That's a nice L96. I've always fancied one of those."

Thanks for the clarification - just as I thought.

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What does the L96A1 offer over any other readily available AI 7.62x51mm rifle - is it the fact that it's military marked, what?

The OP mentions he wants one in .308, I'm not aware of the L96A1 ever being offered in anything but 7.62x51mm as were the revised L118A1 (basically an AW) bought to bolster numbers prior to the L115A1/A3 in .338Lm coming into service.

Not quite right. The L118A1 was bought to meet a different requirement than the L96A1.

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Not quite right. The L118A1 was bought to meet a different requirement than the L96A1.

If you say so, I'm no expert.

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