Belgian Made, British Applied

   The L1A1 SLR is a self-loading rifle adapted off of the FN FAL platform for British and Commonwealth use. It fires the 7.62 NATO round out of a detachable 20/30 round magazine. The rifle itself is gas operated system with a tilting breachlock. The rifle was adopted as the main service rifle for the British and Commonwealth forces in the late 1950s and saw combat initially in the Malayan Emergency in 1960. This and the Borneo Campaign proved its excellency and quality and mirrored its service in Vietnam. The rifle is fairly long, about 45 inches. Weighing in at nine and half pounds, the rifle also has an effective range of close to 900 yards. While only coming with iron sights, the rifle can be mounted with optics as it was often in Vietnam and in the current day. The rifle was known to be very powerful and had a very high penetration density. 

   In country, the Australians and New Zealanders used this rifle, as stated previously, as their main service rifle. They also adopted the M16A1 to replace their sub-machine gun needs. In Vietnam, the L1A1 proved itself yet again and was a favorite of the troops using it. The rifle was manufactured in England at the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield (now closed) and in Australia at the Small Arms Factory in Lithgow, New South Wales. In modern times, the SLR has seen service for over fifty years with the British military and its subsidiaries, still proving its proficency. It was finally replaced by the L85A1 in the 1980s. 

L1A1 in Vietnam

A member of the 2nd Royal Australian Regiment with his L1A1 SLR in 1970.