Sterling 7.62

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Sterling 7.62
Type Battle rifle
Light machine gun
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Production history
Manufacturer Sterling Armaments Company
Cartridge 7.62×51mm NATO
Caliber 7.62 mm
Action Lever-delayed blowback, open bolt
Feed system 30 round L4 Bren magazines
20 round L1A1 SLR magazines
Sights Iron
Trilux nightsight

The Sterling 7.62 was a battle rifle/light machine gun variant of the Sterling submachine gun which was manufactured in the 7.62×51mm NATO calibre. It used lever-delayed blowback to handle the more powerful rounds and was fed from 30 round Bren magazines as well as 20 round magazines from L1A1 SLRs.[1] A bipod and detachable fixed stock could be added as well as a Single Point IR/Trilux night sight. To prevent ammunition cook-off, the weapon fired from an open bolt. In the same way that the Besal was in World War II, the 7.62mm NATO calibre Sterling was intended as a standby emergency design to be produced in case of attack during the Cold War.


  1. ^ Forgotten Weapons (20 December 2010). "British .308 Sterling prototype". Forgotten Weapons. Retrieved 15 December 2011.