I was hoping that the L144 would be scrapped before I got to shoot it, d@mn!
There is now an officially converted L85 that is chambered for .22 as well…
Now, that might be half-sensible to have - but only if the L85 is going to be retained long-term. Found this:
“The L402A1 (SA80 0.22 in.) offers an enhanced capability, conforming to the rules of the Army Winter Sports Association (AWSA) Military Patrol Race (MPR) competition. The Anschutz biathlon rifle is not robust enough to be used on the Patrol Race. The rifle replaces the Heckler & Koch (H&K) 0.22 conversion kit.”
I note the source article only mentions the British Army is getting a new weapon. We already know the Royal Marines are going their own way with Diemaco C7s or C8s. What are the odds of the RAF doing it’s own thing, possibly retaining the L85A3 because replacing it is a lower priority than for the Army?