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L96 AWP Airsoft Rifle
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L96 AWP Airsoft Rifle

Long time has passed since the first appearance of the well known Arctic Warfare Police sniper rifle in gaming industry, concretely in 1999 in a game called Counter-strike. After this milestone every young guy knows what is the right tool to use for sniping.

AWP is originally manufactured by Accuracy International and is very popular amongst military and police forces worldwide for its amazing performance and reliability. First time introduced in 1980s AWP was accepted as official British Army sniper rifle under the name L96A1 as a replacement for the famous Lee-Enfield rifle. In 1990s Swedish Army chooses L96A1 rifle modified to arctic conditions, since then we talk about AW or Arctic Warfare.

Thanks to the fame provided by Counter-strike, many airsoft players tend to pick AWP as their starter sniper rifles. Todays market offers variety of versions and brands with different quality and price. Despite the huge amount of possibilities, most rifles contain compatible internals. Only exceptions are the expensive versions which are generally ready to shoot right off the box.

Most models have metal body and plastic stock. R.I.S on top for mounting standard sniper scopes and one smaller R.I.S on the bottom for bipod. There are two versions in terms of action mechanism, spring powered and gas powered. Both types look pretty much similar, except for the magazines which are slightly different, because of the gas container.

Hand to hand with compatibility come upgrades. You can upgrade literally everything on this gun. Main issue is often accuracy, because of the low quality of hop up units and inner barrel spacers in basic versions of cheap chinese copies. Some ppl solve this issue with duct tape, others buy new hop up, which can allow them to use AEG barrels. With this comes an option to use longer barrel and install a silencer via screw reduction. Not only the rifle looks hundred percent cooler, but you also get a slight increase in accuracy.

I intentionally mentioned only accuracy issues as most of versions of this gun come with an impressive power of 450+ fps (gas versions power changes with use of different gas). Of course there are limitless amounts of power kits and spring mechanism upgrades, but not every airsoft site allows use of stronger springs and also piston or trigger mechanism can wear off pretty fast. Some retailers even sell the gun with an airbrake installed limiting the velocity to around 350 fps.

L96 AWP Airsoft rifle is a good choice for every beginner but it won't disappoint skilled and experienced airsoft player.


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