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    Fellows: It's a "vial", not "vile", which means something else entirely.



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    Maybe he's got a vile foresight blade Mike!

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    Looks great MrClark. I have been thinking of getting a F.A.L also. Cheers.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    Morning all, the latest addition to my Straight pull L1A1 collection is complete!

    I procured the parts kit from a well known major dealer here in the UKicon (to remain anonymous) and had it transferred to Neal Parnam at Suffolk rifles, now I know Neal's standard of work well as he built up my first 1962 Enfield L1A1 and he didn't disappoint with this build, the barrel is very heavy in profile behind the handguards and is a real work of art, quite superb engineering!

    My rifle was manufactured in 1964, one of 2198 rifles sold to New Zealand that year, it was probably allocated to the RNZAF, as most of the 1964 allocation appears to have been issued to the Airforce from what I have read.

    I provided Neal with a rough set of Brit plastics to build up the rifle and get it through proof, but as soon as I got her home she was whisked into the workshop for fitting out! Restored Lithgowicon Coachwood butt and pistol grip, followed by the quite rare first pattern flat rivet Laminate handguards and topped off with the NZ pattern carry handle.

    I have also fitted an L2A2 SUIT and Hythe sight assembly including foresight, both need reactivating as the tritium vile's have expired, just haven't got round to it yet!

    This final fit spec, (including the black paint work) would be correct for a NZ service rifle in approx 1978-81 "ish" I think.

    Oh yes, also the 37 pattern sling, pull through and oil bottle were all procured from a friend in NZ.......Yep, I am that OCD when it comes to my milsurps!

    All in all very pleased and looking forward to getting her onto the range, a big thank you to Neal Parnham and all who contributed to my project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MGMike View Post
    Fellows: It's a "vial", not "vile", which means something else entirely.

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    Well, I am amazed its taken so long to spot the deliberate mistake, well done Mike

    ---------- Post added at 11:36 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:34 AM ----------

    Cheers mate, finally off to the range with her tomorrow, I will report back..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MGMike View Post
    Fellows: It's a "vial", not "vile", which means something else entirely.

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    It's OK Mike. You wont get 'Vial-ified' for it on here!

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