An excellent in the wild pic of a UKSF L119A2 was posted on the L119 Owners Club on Facebook, today, by JB; a well respected aficionado.
Check out Colt Canada’s website.
That’s interesting in itself, given that LMT – which owns the patent on monolithic uppers – successfully prevented Mega Arms from marketing their own one-piece upper.
Update: originally the term IUR was not thought to be in use by the British, but the term allegedly appears in some official technical publications.
Update: Colt Canada appears to have licensed the monolithic upper receiver design from LMT, as evidenced by the US Patent number on the A2’s upper:
The L119A2’s pistol grip looks very much like an Ergo grip.
Update: the grip is confirmed as Ergo and the L119A2 ships from the factory with the grip.
I can’t identify the brand of flip-up BUIS. The front looks HK style, but the overall shape of the sights isn’t one I can verify just yet. Could be proprietary Colt Canada products, but judging by the grip, stock, receiver end plate and flash hider they are not averse to buying from third parties at the top of their respective games.
Update: the L119A2 is not known to ship with BUIS. Furthermore, BUIS have not been observed so far on the A2 in UKSF reference pics.
As well as the pic above, diagrams of the L119A2 were allegedly produced by Colt Canada for official technical publications. These line drawings also exhibit BUIS, but amount to an artist’s impression rather than depicting an actual product.
The stock is, obviously, a Magpul CTR, in FDE.
Looks like the usual UKSF Surefire flash hider.
Update: read HRW’s blog for The Reptile House about the UKSF issued suppressor and hider.
The receiver end plate is very likely a Magpul ASAP.
Update: this has been confirmed in reference pics as the Magpul ASAP
The Magpul ASAP QD has been observed on A2s with Full RIS IURs.
The GG&G AR15 vertical forgrip has also been observed on A2s with Full RIS IURs, along with birdcage flash hiders.
These parts all make sense, because they most are viewed as common to later L119A1s in the wild.
What I like most about this new iteration of UKSF blaster is the slick front end. OK, it’s a one-piece upper but it reminds me of the KAC URX 3.1.
DEVGRU uses the Remington RAHG, CAG uses the Geissele HK SMR. It’s not surprising that UKSF have ditched the venerable KAC RAS and are also using a tube.
It’s the way forward.
Click here to see the first public pic of the A2 15.7″ upper in use with SBS.
L119A2 variants here.
GG&G AR15 vertical foregrip in use with UKSF here.