THAT rifle

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LE
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One of the nice thoughts from my service, and this was Reserve Service at the time, was when we did the conversion course to the Austeyr.

Lovely warm day, sitting under trees, series of lectures and terminals.

Then a Sgt came back from the armoury carrying an SLR. “last chance to say goodbye to an old friend”.

Lot of guys were quite sentimental.
 

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LE
Kit Reviewer
Years ago I had a book about Small Arms, written by James Hogg. In the section about the FN FAL and SLR, there was also a photo of a FAL variant in .280. The thinking was that if the Calibre had been adopted, some users may have preferred a more orthodox weapon design.
Co-authored by Ian V Weeks ?
 
Co-authored by Ian V Weeks ?
I can’t remember, it was so long ago. It was a collection of photographs, predominantly taken of weapons at the S of I at Warminster. It may have been called Modern Small Arms.

Edit. My mistake, it wasn’t Janes Hogg at all, it was Maj. Frederick Myatt MC.
 
Morning @loofkar,
That's a sexy looking rifle but it's not 'THAT RIFLE'! ;).
Oh! To have $380 and live in the States.
I posted that somewhat tongue in cheek, since Idlib is where Russia, the Syrian army, the Syrian opposition, including Al Quaida (HTS), Johnny Turk and possibly some Kurds are currently at each other hammer and tongs.
Yes it's not L1A1 but should be of interest in view of the last few posts concerning variants.

Upon consideration, I think we could refer to this weapon as FALkenstein
 
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LE
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One of the nice thoughts from my service, and this was Reserve Service at the time, was when we did the conversion course to the Austeyr.

Lovely warm day, sitting under trees, series of lectures and terminals.

Then a Sgt came back from the armoury carrying an SLR. “last chance to say goodbye to an old friend”.

Lot of guys were quite sentimental.
We kept ours for a year after converting just in case we were going to an area where the locals had yet to convert
 

gafkiwi

War Hero
One of the nice thoughts from my service, and this was Reserve Service at the time, was when we did the conversion course to the Austeyr.

Lovely warm day, sitting under trees, series of lectures and terminals.

Then a Sgt came back from the armoury carrying an SLR. “last chance to say goodbye to an old friend”.

Lot of guys were quite sentimental.
The escorts to the Colors in my original Bn (NZ Army) carry SLR's for the SSgt's and WO2 carries an M16. They were gifted to the Bn by veterans who'd deployed to Vietnam during the war on the Bn's 50th birthday. They always attract a crowd once the colors have been placed or cased, with a few flash back drill revisions. It's also funny to see an M16 on parade with the rest of the Bn carrying its grandson the MARS-L
 
Late night, everyone is sleeping, wrapped up on doss bags in the back of a truck speeding across Australia.

Bungalow B######## decides this is is the perfect time to clean his gas plug.

With a firm grip he gives it a twist.

Ping. It flies off the rifle, bounces off the tailgate and into the bush.

Stop the convoy, he starts yelling, if we all look for it we will find it.

I zipped my bag up and went to sleep, with my hand firmly on my gas plug.
 
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