|“||A British PDW intended to replace the STEN in service. High damage with a low fire rate and uncanny stability.|
|Weapon Type||Primary Weapon|
|Weapon Class||Personal Defense Weapon|
|Rank Prerequisites||Rank 53|
|Damage||36 → 24|
|Range||45 max → 105 min|
|Hip Accuracy|| |
|Sight Accuracy|| |
|Magazine Size||34, 35|
|Rate of Fire||550 RPM|
The L2A3 Sterling is a variant of the Sterling submachine gun. It is chambered in the 9×19mm Parabellum round. The Sterling Submachine gun was designed by George William Patchett and manufactured by Sterling Armaments Company as a replacement for the Sten and was tested with the British Army in 1944-1945. It officially started to replace the Sten in 1953.
Compared to the Sten, the Sterling is a similar weapon in that it is a lightweight weapon that is cheap and easy to manufacture. Much like the Sten, it feeds from magazines that are loaded into the side of the weapon. However, the magazine design was improved. Where the Sten's magazine would feed from a two-column magazine to a single feed input, the Sterling accepted two-column magazines without reducing to the single feed input. It was also designed to be interoperable with Sten magazines that were in storage. Other than the magazine, the Sterling is a much better weapon than the Sten was, boasting improved accuracy and reliability.
The L2A3 is a slow-firing PDW, having the second slowest rate of fire (RoF) in-class at 550 RPM, tied with the MP40. In contrast, it boasts high damage, sporting a three-shot kill (3SK) up close, and a 5SK at longer ranges. Just like the UMP45, it can achieve a 2SK to the head up close, resulting in a very quick time to kill (TTK) in close quarters. Its iron sights are obstructive, limiting a user's view on target. Its recoil whilst aiming is moderate, with low-to-moderate visual recoil. The sights tend to wobble whilst firing, but not enough to disrupt aiming. In contrast, the L2A3 has very good recoil while hip firing, with very little kick or visual recoil, and no hip fire spread. The L2A3's hipfire spread factor is 0, meaning that the bullet will always go the direction that the muzzle is pointing.
Usage & Tactics
The L2A3, unlike most PDWs, requires precision over firepower. Given the low RoF and low damage per second (DPS) output, aiming for the head is preferred over bodyshots. Headshots are crucial in reducing the weapon's TTK, which is vital for coming out on top in a gunfight, particularly in close-quarters-combat (CQC). Like the MP40, a user must be skilled enough to be able to achieve multiple headshots in order to get the most out of the weapon. However, the L2A3 is more forgiving with bodyshots in this regard at the cost of higher recoil and more clustered Iron sights.
The recoil while hipfiring is very low, with zero hipfire spread. This is helpful given the obtrusive iron sights and promoting a faster, more engaging playstyle. In CQC, one should just hipfire as the time taken to aim-down-sights (ADS) is crucial in a close-range engagement. At closer ranges, without headshots, the TTK is still respectable but loses out to other weapons such as the UMP45, SCAR-H and the AKM. At longer ranges, whilst aiming, the recoil may throw a user's aim off target.
Attachment wise, there multiple options of the L2A3. Optical attachments can negate the issues with the obstructive iron sights, allowing for a much better view on target. For barrels, any suppressor that lowers maximum damage also removes its 2SK headshot but still preserves its 3SK ability. Flash hiders or recoil-reducing attachments also help, such as the Muzzle Brake. Regarding grips, the Vertical Grip further enhances the hipfire capabilities of the L2A3, its main upside over other PDWs. If a user is content with hip-fire performance, the use of an Angled Grip will lower the recoil and improve accuracy. Regarding attachments in the Other category, attaching a Laser is a great way to dramatically improve hipfire performance of the weapon, as this is one of the few cases where a Laser will actually show where a bullet will land from the hip (ignoring bullet drop).
The L2A3 is a high risk, high reward weapon, requiring a good amount of skill to be used effectively. One can utilize the low minimum TTK of the weapon to great effect if they are precise with their shot placement. The lack of hipfire spread makes the weapon easy to fire from the hip, removing the necessity of aiming at close quarters. However, the low RoF, low DPS, and moderate visual recoil makes the weapon harder to use and ultimately demanding of the player to succeed well with the weapon.
Pros & Cons
- Fast minimum TTK.
- Slightly above-average magazine size.
- Very low recoil when hip-firing.
- No hipfire spread radius.
- Low-to-moderate recoil when aiming.
- Low ammunition consumption rate.
- High ammunition reserve.
- Good damage with a two-shot headshot capability, ending at ~45 studs.
- Extremely compact weapon size.
- Above-average penetration capabilities.
- Obstructive iron sights.
- Very slow RoF.
- Slower than average TTK without headshots.
- Moderately high visual recoil when aiming.
- High muzzle flash.
- Lacks a semi-automatic fire mode.
- Magazine obstructs some of the left-hand side of the screen.
- The L2A3 served as the prop basis for the E-11 blaster rifle seen in Star Wars.
- The Sterling SMG shares similar design qualities with the Sten, such as a side-mounted magazine, caliber, overall shape, and construction.
- When the L2A3 was in the Test Place, attaching the Ballistics Tracker would result in the attachment to be positioned on the side of the gun, floating, This has been fixed.
- By default, the player character will grab the L2A3's magazine as a grip, which in real life would poorly affect the weapon's reliability. This is due to the fact that it is much more likely to cause stoppages from the recoil.
- When attaching a grip to the L2A3 and while reloading, the player's hand will clip through the magazine to grab it.
- The L2A3's ammunition reserve amount is not divisible by 34, so when a user depletes three whole magazines, there are only 26 rounds left in the next magazine.
- When attaching an EOTech XPS2 on the L2A3, the optic instead of being mounted on a picatinny rail is taped onto the front end of the gun with yellow duct tape that features a SpongeBob knockoff character, a reference to the Sten from the Alpha stage of Phantom Forces (See the Trivia section of the Sten page for more information behind the reference).
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