« The L7A2 is a British designation for the Belgian 7.62mm belt- fed general purpose machine gun FN MAG. It can be carried by foot soldiers and employed as a mounted light machine gun. It is used mainly by the Paras and Royal Marines these days.
Armoury Description

L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mm
Faction British Army
Type General-Purpose Machine Gun
Caliber 7.62×51 mm NATO
Variants L7A2 Minitripod
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The L7A2 GPMG is a 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun that is exclusively used by the British Army in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the British Armed Forces DLC.

Overview Edit

The L7A2 is a gas operated medium machine gun that uses an open bolt design, and is chambered to fire the 7.62×51 mm NATO cartridge.

It loads from 100 round belt cloth boxes, is able to achieve a fire rate of up to 846 rounds per minute, and has a muzzle velocity of 900 m/s. The L7A2 does not come in any variant that has either optical sights, muzzle attachments, or side rail accessories mounted. It has a maximum zeroing range of up to 1,400 metres.

The L7A2 serves as the British Army's standard issue GPMG. Virtually identical to the M240 used by U.S. forces, the L7A2 is a powerful medium machine gun that has an effective range of between 800 and up to 1,200 metres. It is exceptionally good at providing medium-long range suppressive fire and unlike its Russian-made PKP or PKM counterparts, has a much higher rate of fire and easier to manage recoil. A forward-facing version is also fitted to the commander's seat on the Jackal 2 MWMIK.

As with the American M240, the L7A2 is chambered to fire the same 7.62 mm NATO round which is what gives it its long range and high damage output (compared to the smaller 5.56 mm-chambered L110A1). The L7A2 is effective against both infantry and light vehicles alike, and is capable of downing an enemy soldier with only two shots to the chest at almost every range.

But like all GPMGs, the L7A2 is almost uncontrollable while the operator is firing while standing up. Using short bursts of just 2-5 rounds or simply lying prone however, will allow the user to mitigate the effects of its recoil and can therefore make the L7A2 more easier to control.

Variants Edit

  • L7A2 Minitripod: Static defence version of the L7A2 mounted onto a low tripod. This variant is completely identical to the man-portable counterpart, save that it has a lower fire rate of just 750 rounds per minute. This variant always comes pre-loaded with a single 200-round belt box of 7.62 mm ammunition, and has a further three more boxes spare for a total of 800 rounds. The tripod can be swivelled 60 degrees in both directions (horizontally).

Trivia Edit

  • The real-world counterpart of the L7A2 is based on the "MAG" machine gun designed by FN Herstal of Belgium. Likewise, the MAG itself forms the basis upon which the "M240" series of MMGs used by the U.S. military is also based on.
  • However, the in-game L7A2 incorrectly uses the same model as the M240 used by both U.S. Army and USMC forces. While the real L7A2 is mechanically identical to the M240 with the exception of the number of gas regulator positions (3 versus the L7A2's 10), both weapons use different furniture.
    • As is the case with the M1911 pistol, it is likely that the L7A2 was made to reuse the M240's model simply to save the need to create a unique model for the DLC, since the L7A2 is basically the same weapon minus the previously mentioned aesthetic differences.
  • Oddly enough, static L7A2s also feature an Elcan "C79" optic mounted on them while the man-portable variant is not available with any optical sights.

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Weapons of comparable role and configuration Edit