|“||A semi-automatic target rifle with a heavy barrel, sold as the civilian version of the famed G36. Very fast fire rate... if your trigger finger can keep up.|
|Weapon Type||Primary Weapon|
|Weapon Class||Designated Marksman Rifle|
|Rank Prerequisites||Rank 34|
|Damage||38 → 28|
|Range||88 max → 148 min|
|Hip Accuracy|| |
|Sight Accuracy|| |
|Magazine Size||30, 31|
|Rate of Fire||625 RPM|
The Heckler & Koch SL-8 is a semi-automatic variant of the G36 rifle, intended for the civilian market. Changes includes the removal of a threaded muzzle, the pistol grip being switched for a thumbhole stock, the receiver being modified to prevent the attachment of a folding stock, and a heavier barrel. When imported into the United States, Heckler & Koch heavily modified the SL-8, such as removing the ability for the rifle to take double stacked magazines, so it can fit the requirements of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.
The SL-8 was known to be easily modified to accept regular G36 magazines and be converted to fully automatic fire, so new civilian versions of the G36 were made called the HK243 in Europe, and the HK293 in the United States, with most models of the SL-8 being discontinued by Heckler & Koch.
The SL-8, at first glance, performs much like a lower damage SKS, however, there are some differences. Most noticeable is the faster maximum firerate; more than 200 RPM above the SKS, along with 40 more rounds in reserve. Otherwise, both guns are relatively similar, with the SL-8 having a slightly quicker reload and slightly less recoil than the SKS.
Furthermore, the SL-8 is on the higher end of DMR magazine capacity, with a 30-round magazine, a relatively high muzzle velocity.
Usage & Tactics
The SL-8 is suited for use at medium range, with a low amount of recoil to allow sustained fire. With a two-shot kill (2SK) to the head within its minimum range, and a maximum of a 4SK at all ranges, the SL-8 can kill very quickly, especially considering its high rate of fire (RoF).
The high muzzle velocity does allow sniping at range (with a 3SK to the head), however, it can be difficult to eliminate the target before they flee.
Attachment-wise, the SL-8 comes default with a 2.0x pair of iron sights, however, nearly all optic attachments suit. Similarly, the Suppressor for high amounts of weapon suppression, or the ARS Suppressor to maintain the 2SK to the head are both useful, as well as the Compensator to almost completely negate side-to-side recoil.
The SL-8’s fast fire rate for a DMR and minimal recoil allow the SL-8 to perform optimally at medium ranges. Along with the high magazine capacity and rather high muzzle velocity, the SL-8 allows some capability for performance at longer ranges. The only restraining factor against the gun’s performance is damage which is on the lower side of the DMRs.
Pros & Cons
- High RoF—second best in-class.
- Clear iron sights.
- High ammunition reserve amount.
- Common ammunition type.
- Low-moderate recoil, with minimal spread.
- Hensoldt 3x Sight unlocked by default.
- Lowest damage in-class.
- Below average range for its class.
- Slow recoil recovery speed—inaccurate when fired quickly.
- Lowest penetration depth in-class.
- Prior to the 4.14.0 update, the SL-8 had a 20-round magazine. After the update, the SL-8 now has a 30-round magazine. This is considered a buff.
- The in-game variant of the SL-8 seems to be based on the SL8-5, as denoted by the long accessory rail and the ability to take double-stack magazines.
- There is a red StyLiS Studios logo on the thumbhole stock, replacing the H&K logo that would go there.
- The SL-8 is the 2nd fastest-firing DMR in the game, beating the higher-damage SA58 SPR (at 500 RPM; the 3rd-fastest at present), and only behind VSS Vintorez (firing at 700 RPM). If it was added in the main game prior to the nerfing of Beowulf TCR at v.4.0.0, it was only the 3rd-fastest.
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