Words: Maple Leaf Tactical & Rich Norman

Pic: Maple Leaf Tactical

Fantastic scoop from Maple Leaf Tactical – the first public long A2 upper in the wild:

For readers who aren’t familiar with UKSF, the reference to Poole (as opposed to Hereford) means Special Boat Service – or SBS; this is the maritime Tier 1 counterpart to the more well known SAS.

Huge kudos to Dave at Maple Leaf Tactical for securing this pic. If you’re not already following him on Instagram you are missing out.

You can read more from Dave on The Reptile House:

Maple Leaf Paint tutorial.

You can also read more about the L119A2 here.

Edit: Interesting to note, but as Thomas Buckley has pointed out, this A2’s flash hider isn’t timed with its flats at 12 O’clock (as recommended by Surefire). This isn’t uncommon, however, as another friend of the blog Mike has pointed out.

You can read more about the UKSF flash hider and can from HRW, here – including Surefire’s recommendations. It makes a great counterpoint to read the ‘factory’ view vs. observed custom and practice in the wild.

More articles relating to the L119A2:

  • The Comprehensive UKSF (SAS/SBS) L119A2 Parts and Accessories List
  • The original L119A2 primer, here
  • GG&G AR15 vertical fore-grip in use here
  • Magpul QDM and ASAP QD in use here
  • 15.7″ L119A2 upper in use here
  • Surefire FA556SA Suppressor here
  • GG&G Aimpoint T1 mount in use here
  • Magpul MS3 sling in use here
  • Magpul ACS stock in use here
  • Colt Canada parts – as used on the L119A2 – here
  • Manta Very Low Profile Rail Covers as used on the L119A2 here
  • UKSF Newcastle raid pics part 1
  • UKSF Newcastle raid pics part 2
  • UKSF Nairobi Kenya incident L119A2 parts breakdown here
  • UKSF Belize ‘Jungle Set-up’ L119A2 parts breakdown here
  • Confirmation bias (and the HSP Thorntail offset light mount) here
  • UKSF Ecosystem: S&S Precision Sling Clip – Old Gen – here
  • Inforce WML-type lights in use here

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