L-85A1 was initially conceived during the British Government’s Small Arms 80 competition to design a new weapon to replace the L-1A1 version of the FN FAL then used by the British Army. (The weapon is thus often called the SA-80.) It became one of the first bullpup-design weapons to be used by any army in large numbers.  


L3A1 with tools and camo scabbard.

L3A1 without tools, in olive green scabbard. Rear line/non combatant bayonets usually have tools stripped.