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Battlefield 3 L96

The L96A1 is a sniper rifle in Battlefield 3 that’s available in the Back To Karkand expansion pack, and is usable in regular Battlefield 3 as well. The L96A1 was developed and used in the 1980s, and is known for its accuracy and long rage capabilities. It’s a bolt action rifle that was featured in Battlefield 2 and returns in Battlefield 3.

L96A1 stats

  • Maximum effective range: 800 Meters
  • Rate of fire: single shot bolt action
  • Magazine capacity: 5 rounds
  • Weight: 6.5 KG
  • Standard scope: 8X rifle scope
  • Standard accessories: bipod

L96A1 unlocks

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  1. harrison
    November 12th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    what does the tape do?

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    • FDSDH 011i
      November 13th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      these are all BF2 pictures so it might not look like that

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    • Ooga Booga
      November 13th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      Probably for camouflage, to help the barrel sort of blend in with the background.

      During world war 2, some navies used a similarly broken up paint scheme on their warships to make it difficult to spot them. It’s called dazzle camouflage.

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    • L'CPL Murdoch
      December 6th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      its called personal cam all soldiers are to do there cam and concelment before doing there TAB (tactical advanvce to battle) and snipers use scrim netting to try cover there rifles to add a bit more camo to there rifle.
      it is also used to mach there ghille

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    • Ed
      December 9th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      I don’t like it =/ If it were wrapped around the barrel alone and not the barrel and the stock it wouldn’t be so bad.

      But wrapping it around the gun where they’ve put it, especially if it was done tightly, would screw up the barrel’s free floatingness and ruin long range accuracy, especially with successive shooting.

      Plus, snipers on BF3 don’t wear ghillies, or any real camo at all, they’re dressed as designated marksmen, so any degree of pointless rag wrapped around the gun isn’t going to help hide them in the slightest…

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      • Ed
        December 9th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

        Should probably add that I’m talking about the actual gun model they’re putting in the game, not the pic at the top of this page.

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      • Peter
        December 16th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

        Having tape raped around the barrel and stock is not going to reduce accuracy at all, whered did you even get that from?? the tape is for stopping light reflecting off the barrel….

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    • vpsmoke
      December 13th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      as far as i know the l96a1 was desighned spec for arctic warfare the cold temp and snow and crap soo the white tape is prop a winter camo type deal

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    • CJ
      December 14th, 2011 at 1:18 am

      I believe the intention is for it to break up the silhouette of the rifle, as silhouette is a major concern for front line troops especially spec ops troops like snipers.

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    • Wacko Jacko
      December 24th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      It isn’t actually there on the official weapon, my guess is that they just put it there because a. they could and b.becuase it makes it look a bit more hardcore

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    • Erik
      February 8th, 2012 at 12:02 am

      The l96 is an arctic sniper and the tape is white it is arctic ghille just not very much

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    • GunMan
      June 11th, 2012 at 3:40 am

      Well what i know about the tape around the barrel is that you know how the gun has little circles at the barrel, well if you wrap that up with anything as long as its plastic, it actually silences the weapon more, even if you use a balloon (not a condom) its does it, so as long as you have that around your barrel and a silencer on, you know that the enemy wont hear you from a far distance. (I would know all of this, because i was in the army cadets and im currently in army training) =)

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  2. FDSDH 011i
    November 13th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I don’t think it will be A1 version this should be upgraded to AW .338
    they have upgraded some of the other guns so it wouldn’t make sense not to upgrade this

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  3. captain_price51
    November 15th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Does this weapon has a one shot kill like the M98B I see at youtube?
    Lookin’ forward to try this guy and I hope M98B will be easy to unlock :D

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    • Erik
      February 8th, 2012 at 12:34 am

      The m98b is a bitch to unlock i dont have but i could really good and get a tiny spot of unlock and l96 is map pack so good luck im downloading it now

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  4. Sudesh
    November 16th, 2011 at 12:48 am

    No sniper is a 1 shot kill, only headshots give you a 1 shot kill. Its the sad truth us snipers have to accept though it makes us better snipers too, because we start to aim for the head and with practice become aces at it

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    • Fenix
      November 16th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      Play Hardcore

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    • Matt
      December 22nd, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Yeah, and that’s why it’s 100x better than Call of Duty. Sniping on this requires skill, placement and effort. Call of Duty sniping requires that you aim in a general direction :)

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  5. Arkady
    November 17th, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Well, ive got 834 kills with my SV-98, and 732 headshots, so im a good sniper, and m98b is sorta hard to unlock.

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    • Dragoon
      November 11th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      thats really good but but when it comes to the best rifle than thats thats the m98b its most powerful and now dice patched that it has a chance to get a one shot kill to the chest what i think they should give us now though is a 50 cal that would be friging awesome.

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  6. BenneDoTb
    November 17th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    *reading on*
    “Maximum effective range: 800 Meters”

    wtf 0.o

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    • Ben
      November 27th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      800 meters is almost a half a mile, that’s a pretty long shot even for armed forces snipers, .8 miles requires intensive training by snipers to judge alot of factors while taking a shot and the longest recorded shot is at 1.5 miles, i don’t know where you come off thinking that 800m isn’t a hell of a shot or long range which it is besides the 800m is effective range not max range

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      • Ed
        December 9th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

        It IS half a mile lol

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      • scott
        January 14th, 2012 at 2:09 am

        oh shut up ben, 800 yards difficult for armed forces? the americans or the french maybe!!! british army snipers are expected to achieve first round kills at this range, the average squaddie is expected to hit targets upto 400 m on their ACMT every year!! and thats with the standard SA80 let alone with a L115a2, also while im on it the british special forces snipers are trained to achieve headshots at 800 yards, how do i know? ex royal anglian D coy 1st Bt vikings sniper PLT

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        • Slem
          January 16th, 2012 at 6:12 am

          ye well then maybe your “squaddies” should do more. with the exception of canadian snipers who (last time I checked) held the record for longest recorded kill, American snipers are the ones doing all the work. Its the american snipers assigned to the near impossible missions like killing several pirates in their own boat while holding a hostage.

          I don’t care what the requirements for your squaddies are, their actual accomplishments don’t hold a candle to those of the US military snipers.

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        • a british sniper
          January 26th, 2012 at 11:49 am

          i am a currently serving royal marine commando SBS ( thats special forces) sniper and i can het a headshot at 1.3 miles every time with my L115A1. also yes a canadian holds the record for the longest recorded but i have an unconf’d at 1.9 miles.

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        • scottyh
          February 15th, 2012 at 6:56 am

          Americans can’t get 1st shot kills at 800m?? I seem to remember a few years back when Somali pirates took a crew captive- it was US NAVY SEALs that made not only 1st round kills but did it from the moving deck of a ship.
          Most recently SEALs went in and rescued several American hostages with no friendly KIA or hostage casualties. Where were the Brits?

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        • scottyh
          February 17th, 2012 at 11:13 am

          @ British Sniper
          I applaud you for your dedication to warfare(if my unit let me go to LRM I’d be happy, let alone sniper school), but “unconfirmed” may well as not even happened.

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        • The guy in a gheille suit
          April 2nd, 2012 at 8:20 pm

          Scott, you must of let SterioTyping get to your head.
          Us American Marksmen are expected to hit a mans head at 1000m with a 7.62Nato rifle specifically an m24 or a m40a3 or an a5 Im not stating you british marksmen are not as good because there is no such thing. Besides you Brits own my favorite rifle, The artic warfare.

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        • IGLF2ownU49
          May 14th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

          Marine snipers HAVE to hit a target 1000 yards away to even Qualify to be a sniper, keep talking sh*t about the greatest snipers a country such the U.S.A can ask for bud.

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  7. SimoHayha
    November 20th, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I do not understand how people call us snipers for newbies.

    It’s alot harder to take a headshot everytime, than just spray’n'pray with a automatic weapon lol.

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  8. Luke
    November 22nd, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    “Maximum effective range: 800 Meters”

    Really. Really? REALLY!

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    • Ben
      November 27th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      i still don’t see why people think this is a shocker longest recorded shot is 1.5 miles and armed forces snipers don’t engage enemies within 300m so anything farther is who they engage at long range, .5 miles is one hell of a shot, and most snipers wont take mile shots unless absolutely necessary because they can’t confirm the kill, sorry in games and in actual warfare snipers aren’t taking miraculous 5 mile shots and take shots in the 300-1000m range and usually don’t engage outside of that, and again effective range it can still be used for ranges outside of 800m to less effect

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      • John Kain
        December 7th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

        IRL there is no “less effect” for a sniper rifle, there is a kill and there is a missed shot.
        For a high caliber sniper rifle there is only a kill with dismemberment. You can’t wound someone with a .338 LM if he is not wearing a M1 tank. With a shot energy of six and half thousands J it penetrates 24mm of steel plate. So it will shot though an average human chest even if it will be made of solid metall.
        Up to couple of hundred meters works marksmen. Snipers can too, but that is not their main role. Their main role is to eliminate enemy commanders, machinegun dots, communications, transport vehicles, fuel depots and so on in this direction. They are not to kill 100 enemy soldiers in a direct firefight.
        With a .50 anti-material rifle sniper can eliminate APC crews (along with their APCs), destroy landed jets and any other lightly armored vehicles on a distance of couple kilometers.
        So every time a sniper in BF3 needs to take 3 shots (2 on HC) from M98B to take down enemy soldier (support for example) I am damn well ready to cry blood and ask God to make me unsee it.
        DICE tried to make the game more MW-like and satisfy all the MW Rambostyle gamers, so they basically killed sniper class not to bother them. Pure MW fans will not play BF no matter what will it look like, and after what DICE did to BF3, a pretty lot of BF fans will not play it too, myself among them.

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        • Lenni
          December 11th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

          what the heck are you on?

          God, I’m glad you aren’t playing this game as retarded as you obviously are.

          Catering to the MW fanboys would mean, 360, no scope headshots with every single sniper trying to quickscope…

          that’s not happening, something like that would make it more like “MW” but it isn’t, and you are retarded.

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    December 2nd, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Im really looking forwad to this rifle since its my fav. :D ..hope they dont give the reload animation of sv98…then i wont tuch the l96..sv98 reload anime is FUCKING GAY

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  10. L'CPL Murdoch
    December 6th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    its not the l96a2 its the L115A3(thats brittish)

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    December 6th, 2011 at 7:53 pm


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    December 7th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    i have downloaded the bak to karkand pack and installed it but it hasent given me the l96 can any1 tell me y.

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    • Matt
      December 22nd, 2011 at 11:05 am

      You have to do the ‘Creeping Death’ assignment, which is new to BF3. It requires the following:
      50 headshots
      50 Spot Assists
      5 Silent Knife Takedowns
      Then you get the L96. i got it last night, it’s a bit of an animal xD

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  13. Liam Rawlings
    December 7th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    i have downloaded the karkand expansion pack but it hasent given me the l96 can any1 help me?

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    • Im_Tron_Cat
      December 9th, 2011 at 6:26 am

      I don’t know if you had figured this out yet but there are assignments you need to do in order to unlock weapons

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    • Dragoon
      November 11th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      go into my soldier click on assignements find the gun you wanna unlock and do the stuff it tells you to do to unlock it jesus guys come on its not that hard and if this does not help look iy up on youtube

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  14. John Kain
    December 7th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    No M82A1 or M95.
    So no “one shot-one kill” rifle for us.
    Well… I hate those DICE guys.
    First killed the sniper class and now they continue to rape it.
    Regret I bought BF3 at all.

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  15. Lulz
    December 8th, 2011 at 6:26 am


    dont be mad cuz your having trouble with the recon kit…

    …you just suck ass with it

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    • John Kain
      December 9th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Pretty naive assumption, kid.
      I just love big f** guns, and snipers got the best ones.
      There is nothing better than a splattered on a wall enemy in the morning. Or a shot down from a firearm heli. Now, after they took my favorite toys away, I just do it with 40mm HE or 12 gauge frag/bulkshot.
      The plan is to get a “star” for each class to open all weapons (and get upgrades for the one I like) and then leave the game. Now it’s 70,110,50, 100 presents done (medic, engineer, support, recon). So if they will get my toys back in addons, I will return, if not then hell with em. Warface and Arma are coming soon. So no problems here. Just disappointed.
      Waited, preordered, tested and disappointed, now for a second time with Karkand.

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      • Lenni
        December 11th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

        Cry harder, you won’t be missed at all.

        Nobody cares.

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  16. SpazyNoodleZ
    December 9th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    What level do i unlock the L96 Sniper Rifle im lvl 13 atm??

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    • brad
      December 15th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      You have to accomplish 50 headshots, 50 spots and 5 knife takedowns

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  17. DVDA=Zissou
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Someone asked about the tape…..just keep in mind there are no straight lines in nature. Keeping a barrel camo’d is just as important as keeping your head/body from detection.

    Also, while shooting in real world conditions, the barrel heats up and can create a mirage in front of your scope. Match shooters have sophisticated sleeves that they slide over their barrel so they can put 20-60 rounds down range in a few minutes without having to contend with target distortion.

    Just think if Dice/EA could implement barrel physics….sniper spammers would lose accuracy as their barrel reaches it’s temp limit…cant see down the scope as well…shots deviate……WOW.

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  18. Lulz
    December 10th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    so, i unlocked it a couple hours after i got the map pack (Ps3), and it doesnt come with a Bipod. Instead it comes with a flash suppressor. and there arent any tapes on it. Its steadier and stiffer than the m40 i think. you could shoot without holding your breath pretty easily, and accurately. meaning that the cross hairs dont move as much as the others. Its pretty good imo

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    • Matt
      December 22nd, 2011 at 11:25 am

      So, does it get a Bipod eventually, or is there just not one to unolock at all? It doesnt really need it but it just looks cool :) I have logged over 200 kills with it since i got it and just wondered

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      • dalton
        February 20th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

        the l96 comeswith flash suppressor not a bipod, the transfer between the sv98 to the L96 is difficult as the bullet drop is almost nothing in comparison to the sv98 also if im not mistaken reload times are a bit quicker

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  19. Neenjaboy
    December 12th, 2011 at 5:22 am

    150 kills with thus bad boy now

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  20. Neenjaboy
    December 12th, 2011 at 5:22 am

    150 kills with thus bad boy now

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  21. Hmmm
    December 12th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    They didn’t nerf the recon kit, they balanced it, in BC2 it was so over-powered it was a joke, one hit kill any range, easy no scopes, easy quick scopes, motion mines to know exactly where the enemy is… If you think that you were skilled running around with your 4x scope, or clever to whap out the OP shotguns and use motion mines then I’m sorry. You are an Idiot. It was an extreme inbalance and I’m happy to see it fixed, now that snipers actually take skill, I will be fine with using them again.

    They “killed” the recon kit? No, they took away you crack which your addicted too and now you have withdrawl simptoms, now that recons are equals you actually need to use some skill and you actually need to think hard, that is why I love the recon kit.

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    • GuerillaMatzilla
      December 13th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      I don’t remember BC2 having one hit kill any range outside of hardcore mode. Wasn’t it the same, only one shot weapons were pump-slugs and bolt-action rifle head shots? Shotty slugs I’ll concur or more balanced now. I’m happy to not see so many wookies anymore and I enjoy using the mav more than pokeball motion sensors too. The most difficult aspect of sniping I’ve noticed in BF3 vs BC2 is it’s more difficult to line up shots ahead of sprinting targets but I think that’s due to the fact that you can sprint strafe now, not a bad thing at all. Also if you don’t like the scope glint, it only show’s while you’re zoomed in.

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    • Bubbles
      December 14th, 2011 at 4:46 am

      My friend you act as if the only way To balance a sniper is by taking away the sheer power these guns are supposed to have game devs just like to play the lazy card and depower the gun. There are multiple other ways to prevent stupid ass trick shotters who mistreat the weapon and have no general respect for the power the gun they hold. Decrease movement speed and put a cap on sprint distance increase scope in time increase scope sway increase damage the further away the sniper is any of these would be a much better implement then merely decreasing power

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  22. Ed Nygma
    December 14th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    L96 vs M98b which is better? other than its each magazine capacity

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    • Bubbles
      December 15th, 2011 at 9:37 am

      From what I can tell the m98b is still better havent done alot of testing with the l96 but the damage is the same as the m40 and sv98 but with some added range it appears

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  23. The Carkus One
    December 21st, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    This range is wrong I’ve got a 986m headshot with the L96

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    • a british sniper
      January 26th, 2012 at 11:57 am

      its not a max range, its an effective range. the round loses accuracy after 800m. the artuc warfare can touch you at a mile and a bit (proper royal naval term there! LOL) you just need a lot of hours on the system

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  24. James
    December 23rd, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Ive gotten well over 50 headshots and spots but still 0% completion on the challenge. Help?

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    • Wacko Jacko
      December 24th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      Have you unlocked the Type 88 yet.
      if not, then unlock that.
      if you have unlocked the type 88 however, send unlimited amounts of hate mail to dice about the matter, then see if they respond.

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  25. Kasimur
    December 27th, 2011 at 4:18 am

    I love it when people argue about guns in video games and how it is in real life like they even know. Calm down everyone, its just a game.

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    • Dragoon
      November 11th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      i know what you mean dude if anyone comes down this far on the blog then heres a little info BF3 IS NOT A WAR SIMULATOR IF YOU WANT THAT THAN GET ARMA. personally i like da recon kit its awesome when yu can get those cool kills so stop complaining its a videogame plus its not like dice knows about al this kind of war stuff anyway.

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