Accuracy International Arctic Warfare

The Accuracy International Arctic Warfare rifle is a bolt-action sniper rifle designed and manufactured by the British company Accuracy International. It has proved popular as a civilian, police, and military rifle since its introduction in the 1980s. The rifles have some features that improve performance in very cold conditions (which gave the rifle its name) without impairing operation in less extreme conditions.

Accuracy International Arctic Warfare
Accuracy International AW sniper rifle (L118A1)
TypeSniper rifle
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Service history
In service1982 (L96A1), 1988 (AW), 1990–present
Used bySee Users
WarsIraq War
Afghanistan War
Insurgency in the North Caucasus[1]
Syrian Civil War[2]
Production history
Designed1982 (PM), 1983 (AW)
ManufacturerAccuracy International
Mass6.5 kg (14.3 lb)
Length1,180 mm (46.5 in)
Barrel length660 mm (26.0 in)

Cartridge7.62×51mm NATO (.308 Winchester)

.300 Winchester Magnum

.338 Lapua Magnum
Muzzle velocity850 m/s (2,790 ft/s)
Effective firing range800 m (870 yd)
Maximum firing range3,943 m (4,312 yd)[3]
Feed system10-round double stack detachable box magazine (.308) 5-round single stack detachable box magazine (.300, .338)
Sightsdetachable aperture type iron sights
day or night optics

Arctic Warfare rifles are generally fitted with a Schmidt & Bender Police & Military II (PM II) telescopic sight with fixed or variable magnification. Variable telescopic sights can be used if the operator wants more flexibility to shoot at varying ranges, or when a wide field of view is required. Accuracy International actively promotes fitting the German-made Schmidt & Bender PM II product line as sighting components on their rifles, which is rare for a rifle manufacturer. The German and Russian forces preferred a telescopic sight made by Zeiss[4] over Accuracy International's recommendation.