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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.
–In-game description
SL-8
SL8 angled
Overview
Weapon Type Primary Weapon
Weapon Class Designated Marksman Rifle
Rank Prerequisites Rank 34
Damage 38 → 28
Range 88 max → 148 min
SL-8graph
Accuracy

   

Hip Accuracy

   

Sight Accuracy

   

Magazine Size 30, 31 with round in chamber
Ammo Reserve 120
Fire Modes Semi
Rate of Fire 625 RPM
Advanced
WEAPON BALLISTICS

TTK (Time to Kill) 0.09 s
Head & Body Multiplier
Hitbox
per bullet/pellet
Range
Max (88 studs) Min (148 studs)
(x1.40) Head 53.2 39.2
(x1.08) Torso 41.04 30.24
(x1) Arms and Legs 38 28
Red color signifies a fatal hit.
Suppressed Stats
Suppressor/Bullet Attachment Suppressed Damage Suppressed Range
ARS Suppressor 38 -> 25.2 88 max -> 148 min
R2 Suppressor 36.1 -> 26.6 83.6 max -> 140.6 min
PBS-1 Suppressor 36.1 -> 26.6 83.6 max -> 140.6 min
PBS-4 Suppressor 36.1 -> 26.6 83.6 max -> 140.6 min
Suppressor 34.2 -> 28 79.2 max -> 148 min
Armor Piercing 38 -> 23.33333 0 max -> 148 min
Muzzle Velocity 2800 studs/s
Penetration Depth 1.3 studs
Suppression 0.6

ACCURACY 45

Hipfire Camera Recovery Speed 28
Sight Camera Recovery Speed 24
Weapon Recovery Speed 24
Weapon Recoil Damping 0.7

HIP ACCURACY 45

Min Camera Kick (1.79, -0.31, -0.50)
Max Camera Kick (3.00, -0.11, 0.50)
Min Recoil Displacement (-0.31, 0.40, 9.19)
Max Recoil Displacement (0.30, 0.50, 10.80)
Min Recoil Rotation (1.20, -0.41, -0.31)
Max Recoil Rotation (2.00, 0.40, 0.30)
Hipfire Spread Factor 0.08
Hipfire Recovery Speed 9
Hipfire Spread Damping 0.78

SIGHT ACCURACY 37

Min Camera Kick (1.95, -0.25, -0.22)
Max Camera Kick (2.65, 0.25, 0.21)
Min Recoil Displacement (-0.11, 0.40 10.69)
Weapon Shot Displacement (0.10, 0.89, 11.80)
Min Recoil Rotation (0.80, -0.11, -0.11)
Max Recoil Rotation (1.00, 0.10, 0.10)
Sight Magnification 2.0x

WEAPON HANDLING

Reload Time 2.6 seconds
Empty Reload Time 3.4 seconds
Equip Speed 12
Aiming Speed 14
Crosshair Size 30
Crosshair Spread Rate 400
Crosshair Recover Rate 20

MISCELLANEOUS

Weapon Walk Speed 14 stud/s
Aiming Walk Speed 8.4 stud/s
Ammo Type 5.56x45mm NATO
Round in Chamber One
Shot Suppression Range None


List of Attachments


Optics Kills Required
Hensoldt 3x Sight 0 Kills
Z-Point 10 Kills
H&K Sight 20 Kills
EOTech XPS2 45 Kills
Delta Sight 70 Kills
MARS 70 Kills
EOTech 552 85 Kills
Mini Sight 110 Kills
C79 125 Kills
Comp Aimpoint 130 Kills
PK-A 165 Kills
M145 185 Kills
PKA-S 225 Kills
PSO-1 Scope 240 Kills
Reflex Sight 285 Kills
Kobra Sight 320 Kills
Super Slim Sight 350 Kills
Coyote Sight 380 Kills
ACOG Scope 430 Kills
VCOG 6x Scope 455 Kills
Pilad 3 500 Kills
TA33 ACOG 650 Kills
Barska Electro 750 Kills
OKP-7 900 Kills
DDHB Reflex 1200 Kills
TA11 ACOG 1750 Kills
PSO-1M2 Scope 2250 Kills
TA01 ACOG 2500 Kills
Animu Sight 4500 Kills
Furro Sight 5000 Kills


Underbarrel Kills Required
Angled Grip 115 Kills
Vertical Grip 45 Kills
Folding Grip 265 Kills
Stubby Grip 355 Kills
Laser 75 Kills


Barrel Kills Required
ARS Suppressor 150 Kills
Compensator 120 Kills
Muzzle Brake 175 Kills
R2 Suppressor 40 Kills
Flash Hider 100 Kills
PBS-4 Suppressor 245 Kills
PBS-1 Suppressor 205 Kills
Suppressor 30 Kills


Other Attachments Kills Required
Green Laser 110 Kills
Canted Delta Sight 405 Kills
Laser 20 Kills
Canted Iron Sight 310 Kills
Ballistics Tracker 1500 Kills
Armor Piercing 1000 Kills


The SL-8 is a German Designated Marksman Rifle variant of the G36 Assault Rifle. It is unlocked at rank 34, or it can be purchased with credits.

History

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.

In-Game

General Information

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.

Conclusion

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

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • Lowest damage in-class.
  • Below average range for its class.
  • Slow recoil recovery speed—inaccurate when fired quickly.
  • Lowest penetration depth in-class.

Trivia

  • 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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