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LM&T LM308MWS MANUFACTURER: LEWIS MACHINE & TOOL CO. (DEPT. AR), 1305 11TH ST. W., MILAN, IL 61264; (309) 787-7151; WWW.LEWISMACHINE.NET ACTION TYPE: DIRECT-GAS OPERATED, SEMI-AUTOMATIC, CENTER-FIRE RIFLE RECEIVER: FORGED 7075 T6 ALUMINUM UPPER AND LOWER CALIBER: 7.62X51 MM NATO (.308 WIN.) BARREL: 16" RIFLING: FIVE-GROOVE, 1:10" (TESTED) OR 1:11.25" RH TWIST MAGAZINE: 20-ROUND DETACHABLE BOX SIGHTS: LM&T WINDAGE- AND ELEVATIONADJUSTABLE BUIS REAR; POST FRONT BUIS; MIL-STD-1913 RAIL TRIGGER PULL: TWO-STAGE MATCH, 4-LBS. STOCK: LM&T SOPDMOD BLACK SYNTHETIC COLLAPSIBLE OVERALL LENGTH: 35" TO 38" WEIGHT: 9 LBS., 14 OZS. ACCESSORIES: SLING, INCH-POUND TORQUE WRENCH, OWNER'S MANUAL SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $3,422 in the sand, and this design prevents that. The bolt, like the barrel, is test-fired with a proof cartridge, magneticparticle-inspected and marked "MP" to indicate the testing was done. Also, Lewis improved the hammer/ trigger pins by incorporating a swell on one end, making them easier to remove. The lower is made from an aluminum forging as well, and the selector lever is ambidextrous with the settings marked with colored pictograms. The magazine release is also ambidextrous, and a lever under the magazine catch lifts upward on the catch from the left side. The bolt catch is necessarily heavy duty to halt the heavy 7.62 bolt group, and both the take-down and front pivot pins are captive. The trigger is a twostage match unit. The receiver extension end plate has mounting on either right or left side for a one-point sling, and the extension has seven-positions of adjustment for length of pull. The stock is a tan LM&T SOPMOD design with two battery compartments and a removable rubber butt pad. A detachable sling swivel may be inserted on either side of the stock. The pistol grip is a tan ErgoGrip. The rifle is delivered with eight 20-round-capacity Magpul PMags, although the L129A1 may come with KAC 20-round steel magazines and will function properly with CProducts steel magazines as well. The right side of the magazine well is marked with the NATO Stock Number (NSN), which is 1005-99-2266708. Beneath that is "LEI" for Law Enforcement Int'l, the importer of the rifles into the United Kingdom. The left side is marked "LMT CAL. 7.62x51 mm L129A1." Optics For Sharpshooters The primary optic chosen by the British for the L129A1 is a Trijicon ACOG 6X 48 mm powered by both fiber optics and a tritium lamp. The ACOG's body is of 7075 T6 aircraft aluminum, the same as the rifle's Photos by author receiver. The fiber-optic powers the reticle during daylight hours-the tritium lamp in low or no light- and its chevron's brightness is adjustable by the user. The unit's reticle has a built-in bullet drop compensator for 7.62x51 mm NATO from 100 to 1,200 meters. Each adjustment is one click per 1/4" at 100 yds. To transition from long range to close-quarter battle, there is a Picatinny rail on the ACOG's top that accepts a 1.2-oz. Trijicon 1X LED Rugged Miniature Reflex sight with a red dot powered by a CR2032 battery. The RMR's housing is of 7075 T6 aluminum. Additional accessories include the OTIS 7.62 mm Sniper Cleaning System, a small Dewey rod to clean the chamber, a front sight adjustment tool and a rail-mounted, quickdetachable sling mount so the sling may be mounted anywhere on the rail. The Commercial LM&T LM308MWS Although the L129A1 is not commercially available, LM&T offers the LM308MWS (Modular Weapons System), which is basically the same rifle in black furniture without the British markings or some of the British-specific equipment. The backup sights are LM&T's own design used by the U.S. Navy and SOCOM on their MK 18 CQB rifles. The robust BUIS is adjustable for windage and elevation, and it is essentially the rear of a detachable carrying handle, minus the handle. The front sight is a fixed tower mounted to the rail with the standard front sight post. The MWS's 16"-long, 1:10"-twist, chrome-lined barrel comes with the standard M16A2/M4-style compensator instead of the L129A1's Surefire prong suppressor. Although some may be marked "308 Win," all have 7.62x51 mm NATO chambers. Eventually LM&T will offer 18" stainless steel barrels, as well as chromelined barrels in both 1:10" and 1:11.25" twists. Also on continued on p. 86 APRIL 2011 AMERICAN RIFLEMAN 65 http://WWW.LEWISMACHINE.NET

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