THAT rifle

#1
not a thread in praise of the SLR, just that I recently had a chance to fire one for the first time since basic.
I did REME basic in late '89 and we had SLR for SAA. All good stuff and the same rifle's awaited us at SEME for the trade training (though on reflection, i only ever held one there while staging on?) I finally got posted to a working unit and was handed an SA80, and that was the end of my SLR shooting experience.
I had handled one or two in the last couple of years, but only in a museam enviroment. While on my hols, I visited a shooting club with a mate, and he came over and told me that one of the other gun club members had an L1A1 and did I fancy a cabby on it?
Seemed rude not too, especially when I found out it had an EoTech mounted on top of it.
Didn't seem as brutal as I remembered and we didn't have tons of ammo for it either, but I did manage a rather respectable pair of 3-inch, 5-round groups at 100m, even with a red dot (which suprised me actually - i was going to use the red dot as my "never fired one with that on before" card but didn't need to).

couple of pics, and no T49 junior didn't get to fire it, just got to hold onto the gun "that daddy trained with"

Mods, not strictly "weapons, equipment & rations" I know, but didn't quite fit into sports either? Move if deemed necessary
 

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Kirkz

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#3
Why are you holding on to the mag, frightened it might drop off?
Taff49 Jnr although kak handed is holding it better than you :)
 
#4
Why are you holding on to the mag, frightened it might drop off?
Taff49 Jnr although kak handed is holding it better than you :)
you know, i didn't even realise i was doing that until i saw the pics later on. picked up bad habits since basic :)
 
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Kirkz

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#5
you know, i didn't even realise i was doing that until i saw the pics later on. picked up bad habits since basic :)
Sorry Taff49 I shouldn't really be picking anyone up seeing as I couldn't hit a cows arse with a shovel, let alone get a 3" group! The only reason I passed my APWT was thanks to the old 7.62 pencil :wink:
 

chrisg46

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#6
you know, i didn't even realise i was doing that until i saw the pics later on. picked up bad habits since basic :)
You mean you hold the sa80 by it's magazine housing as well?
 
#8
Which country? Was it an original semi-auto L1A1, or one of the single-shot bitsas we are limited to in UK?
I was in France, the owner was French and he bought it in belgium. It was marked up L1A1 (visible in the close-up pics) and was only semi-auto (as God intended :))

Chris, yes, I am exceptionally kak-handed!
 
#9
Not another 'praise the SLR' thread please. For what its worth, you better group the 5 together on 100 meters with that EO Tech, it is worth 3 times the money the gun is worth and you are shooting from prone position!
 

ancienturion

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#10
Why are you holding on to the mag, frightened it might drop off?
Taff49 Jnr although kak handed is holding it better than you :)
Known as the (h)omo hold or, more correctly, a bastardised version of the alternate hold position.
 
#14
I had to think about it when you mentioned the hinge pin, then I realised, the bit above the safety, (Did they all have ARS on the safety?) The release lever?? in front of the stock, that allowed the working parts to be pulled out by the tail that hit the spring in the stock. The domehead screws threw me temporarily, its for the (probably american) site rail.
 
#16
Quuite frankly, you should have let Junior fire it as well. He'll probably never get another opportunity to experience an SLR. You were just being a meanie...
 
#18
french law (as i understand it) forbids shooting by minors under the age of 12. As junior is only 10, i had already fibbed to get him onto the .22 50m range (where he spent all day less lunch and got through 200 rounds almost single handed - rubbish grouping but all bar 15 or so were on the target somewhere). Having already pushed my luck by fibbing, I didn't fancy picking him up off the floor after he had fired it, likewise with the Magnum that he got offered by one of the other club members. Both the SLR and Magnum owner shrugged in that french manner and told him "never mind, you can shoot it next year" to which he replied, totally deadpan, "yes. when I'm thirteen". necky sod, don't know where he gets it from.

Incidentelly, the french attitude towards shooting is very relaxed, almost horizontal. Huge degree of trust placed in the shooters, most of whom set about the vino at lunchtime and didn't shoot in the afternoon
 
#19
Kick might've been a bit much for junior. Nice rifle shame about the plastic furniture.
he did tell me that it was wood furniture when he got it, but he changed it to plastic as he wanted an assault rifle look
 
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