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Other Vehicles => Miscellaneous Equipment => Topic started by: AGAS 5 on June 05, 2016, 06:35:12 PM

Title: SLR with scope
Post by: AGAS 5 on June 05, 2016, 06:35:12 PM
I grabbed this off facebook, but it's an AWM photo.

A rare pic of an L1A1 SLR with scope. Apparently taken in Sth Vietnam 1971.

Cheers,

Pete
Title: Re: SLR with scope
Post by: Barefoot dave on June 05, 2016, 06:58:38 PM
A tight SLR made for a very accurate medium (400-800m) range rifle. An L2A1/ bipod/ scope setup would make for a sweet piece of kit! Heavy barrel and decent cyclic rate of fire. Just like a bren. Beaten zone or pink mist just with trigger control.
Mmm slr.
Title: Re: SLR with scope
Post by: BEARMAN on June 05, 2016, 07:09:53 PM
Nice, wonder what brand of scope that is.
Title: Re: SLR with scope
Post by: Carzee on June 05, 2016, 07:43:29 PM
If it was issued, probably Hanimex LOL.

The dressing roll or cheek pad thingy thats on the stock... is it really just a shoulder pad perhaps?
Title: Re: SLR with scope
Post by: BEARMAN on June 05, 2016, 08:01:58 PM
Hard to say. Shaped a bit like a canteen.
Title: Re: SLR with scope
Post by: AGAS 5 on June 05, 2016, 08:02:59 PM
It's a field dressing.
Title: Re: SLR with scope
Post by: BEARMAN on June 05, 2016, 08:05:14 PM
Jungle greens, giggle hat, SLR - what a combination!
Title: Re: SLR with scope
Post by: AGAS 5 on June 05, 2016, 08:15:57 PM
I had a mate in the mid '80s who's dad owned an SLR. He bought it direct from Lithgow and it came with a heavy barrel.... I presume the same as the the L2A1 barrel. It also had a scope fitted. I remember his dad saying that it had to be re-sighted every time he 'broke' the rifle to clean. Given the amount of movement between both sections in even the 'tightest' SLR's that I fired, I tend to agree.

*his dad was a member of a rifle club in Sydney (ANZAC Rifle club ??) where it was legal to own them at that time.

Cheers,

Pete

Title: Re: SLR with scope
Post by: Welby on June 05, 2016, 11:21:53 PM
memory lane.

In NSW back in 85 (ish) i bought an arsenal refinished SLR , one of a limited number that were publicly tendered. It was a well loved rifle that served me very well on pigs.

When i moved home to WA i was busted with it and charged with possession of an unlic firearm. Coming the week after some nutter went postal in the northwest, i ended up with community service and a large fine. The beak was not interested in the fact i bought it legit. Very unhappy .

anyway, on topic, the done thing at the time was to silver solder scope mounts to the dustcover. (made a very accurate rifle in the right hands into a mediocre rifle) Not only did the dust cover did not allow for consistency in returning the scope to the same point each time it was refitted, in a rifle with a sloppy dust cover, you would loose the zero with each shot.
Title: Re: SLR with scope
Post by: Mike C on June 06, 2016, 10:01:48 AM
I think the idea may have been adapted from the FN-FAL dust-cover mounted scope, which was a side-mount at about 30 degrees to the left from top. This allowed use of both the scope or the iron sights. I purchased the FN-FAL, converted to semi-automatic by inclusion of some Aust SLR parts, from a gunsmith/dealer in Box Hill Victoria. The weapon was disposed from the Dept of Defence (allegedly the Army Design Establishment) where it had been a test/trials rifle -it still had various tags and markings on it. Gordon McDonald had purchased it amongst a batch of other firearms, and I was lucky enough to walk in when he unpacked it, had the $$, and purchased it. All legal back then. It was a great rifle to use, and I never noted any problem with maintaining zero at ranges out to a few hundred metres. I had two dust covers, and would only place the heavier, scoped original cover in place when I wanted to actually shoot with the scope. I really enjoyed using it: lovely rifle.

Sadly, it's 'gone to God' now that such nasty, nasty things are illegal in Australia. (I replaced it with an M1A ....)

Mike