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    SP L2A1 "look a like"

    Afternoon all,

    Well I gave up on trying to build up an L2A1 a while back, while the Lithgowicon parts kit (L1A1) parts kit was doable, as was the barrel, getting the L2 specific bipod/gas block combo was problematic and I would be pushing my luck with my FEO explaining why I needed another 7.62mm rifle.

    So I reluctantly put the idea on ice...

    Enter, Gils L1A1 builder, he's taken up the challenge and done a pretty good job, he just needs the right butt, carry handle and re profile the safety to match as closely as possible the selective fire unit of the L2A1.

    I bet this raised a few eyebrows at the Proofhouse.

    I salute you sir for pushing the boundaries...

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    Well don't send it to the London PH if you don't want to rock any boats

    The right butt.......? We had about 25 in the battalions and they all had the same but as the L1A1's we had.

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    Britishicon butt fitted on this example Peter, if he wants the "look", then it has to be a Lithgowicon coachwood butt.

    The L2 carry handle and straight 30rd mag would both be an issue to procure, not common items to find in the UK.

    Your thoughts on the LPH are quite valid, the fact it looks like an LMG might cause a problem

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    I see you're using an L4 magazine in the mean time.

    I always thought the c2/L2 to be the sexiest rifle possible...until i played with one.

    WTF were they thinking with the lack of handguards and exposed barrel??

    Another gun designed with too little user input.

    The FALO system with the protected barrel was so much better.
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    As it is at the moment its a plain "old" L1A1 with a NZicon past. I haven't changed anything on it, just waiting to see how .380 v 7.62 go through it to avoid stoppages. This one has London PH stamps all over it.
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    Morning all, just compared the pictures of the L2 build on the site against the L2's in my collection and the barrel profile isn't quite right.

    Tad too skinny, lots of meat on an L2 barrel.

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    Been at the range this morning and did a video of the stoppage problem with the top cover off.
    Wait Out.
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    Looking forward to it Gil ... interesting to see what Peter makes of it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Enfield View Post
    WTF were they thinking with the lack of handguards and exposed barrel??
    I used a hose clamp to hold mine in place and carried and shot it like a heavy rifle, worked fine...
    Regards, Jim

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    Lithgowicon butt on a Lithgow L2 In service it wasn't like that. We had what the poms supplied from Ordnance. Just like everything else in he real world of active service I say. We didn't look around for Lithgow bayonet grips either. Being silly I know but that's life i the real world. Maybe one day I will swop you a couple of straight 30 rounders I've had for a loooooooong time

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