The L86 is a magazine-fed automatic weapon originally intended to provide fire support at a fireteam level. It has a longer barrel than the L85 rifle, on which it is based, and a bipod, shoulder trap and rear pistol grip, together with a shorter handguard. The extended barrel provides an increased muzzle velocity and further stabilizes the bullet, giving a greater effective range. The weapon is otherwise identical to the L85, and the same 30-round magazines and sighting systems are used. Like the L85 rifle, it has a fire selector on the left side behind the magazine housing, enabling either semi-automatic or automatic fire.
25 - 18.4
45 + 1 rounds
138 + 46 rounds
230 + 46 rounds
2.8 seconds loaded
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Standing: 0.4 (static) 1.5 (moving) Crouching: 0.4 (static) 1.0 (moving) Prone: 0.2 (static) 1.0 (moving)
Standing: 3.0 (static) 4.0 (moving) Crouching: 3.0 (static) 4.0 (moving) Prone: 2.5 (static) 4.0 (moving)
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|Battlefield 3 L86A2 Weapon Review - Close Quarters DLC(06:43)|
The L86A2 is a weapon featured in the Battlefield 3: Close Quarters expansion pack and Is unlocked upon the completion of the No Shortage assignment. The L86A2 is a magazine-fed light machinegun, comparable to the M27 IAR and RPK-74M, possessing 45+1 magazines by default, with all of the attachments available to those weapons, and has the same unlock progression (contrasted to the belt-fed light machineguns, where the unlocks are gained in a slightly different order). With Extended Mags, it has a 60+1 round mag.
It is aesthetically very similar to L85A2 variant but features a much different barrel and a slightly different reloading animation. Additionally, the L86A2's bipod has no unfolding animation, with the bipod already deployed. It is more of a mobile machine gun like the M27 IAR and it goes well with a Holographic Sight, Foregrip, and Heavy Barrel where it will maintain incredible accuracy even at long ranges. It's worth noting the L86A2 is the only magazine-fed light machinegun which gains the additional bonus of reduced vertical recoil from the foregrip.
- The L86A2 was initially called L86A1 after what the gun was modeled on, but it was changed to L86A2 sometime after the trailers.
- The L86A2 has an aftgrip behind the magazine, which would be used while firing with a deployed bi-pod, though this is not represented in the game.
- The L86A2 benefits slightly more from the Heavy barrel attachment than other magazine fed light machine guns, having a base spread of 0.180 instead of 0.2 degrees.