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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    1954 so did the top cover extend over the working parts at the same time for safety?
    The standard long cover was fitted to the X8E2 unit optic sighted rifles

    The half stripper clip loading cover was fitted to the X8E1 rifles.

    The X8E3 was an X8E1 fitted fitted with the American designed 5 slot flash eliminator (often referred to the the 'Browning Flash Hider' on the 'G Series FAL rifles)

    The X8E4, unknown but probably an X8E2 fitted with the Flash Eliminator

    The X8E5 was a modified X8E1 with newly designed components such as a new version of Auxiliary Catch on the Cocking handle slide, new sling swivels, new butt plate and semi auto etc

    The X8E6, unknown but probably an X8E2 fitted with X8E5 components

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzl1a1collector View Post
    The half stripper clip loading cover was fitted to the X8E1 rifles.
    I have had the pleasure of putting a few hundred rounds through one of those...... lovely condition, also an early L1A1 full wood etc, again all excellent condition.

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    This rifle was in use for about 18 months (1954 - 1956) and had Its barrel replaced after 10,407 rounds and has fired a total of 17,320 rounds after which it was returned to RSAF Enfield due to the Body (Upper Receiver) cracking through the Locking Shoulder hole.

    I know this as the rifle has its own official report: T.S 56’ 100, RIFLE FN No 5011, Investigation, Fractured Body

    The report details the life and use of the rifle. It was sent to Radway Green and was used for “Ammunition Proof”.

    Although it doesn’t say when the rifle started trials it was withdrawn from service on the 6 November 1956 after it was gauged and failed.

    It’s likely the rifle spent about 18 months in service at Radway Green, which works out at about 509 Working days. This can be further broken down to:

    A total of 866 Magazines (20 round) used.

    Or 48 Magazines / 962 rounds a month.

    Or 34 Rounds each and every work day

    It had a hard life in its short operational career.




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    Nice one
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Many in Britainicon were converted to L38 Drill Purpose and used and Hereford for the country walks during selection,
    the one I have was fitted with a "para" type rear sight when I got it dressed as a deactivated L1A, I believe the rear sight is original to the X8 as it has the same patina of the finish
    . I have since found all of the missing parts, with 2 sets of wood to make it look like an X8 or the L38 DP

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    nice restoration

    The para sight isn't original, this type of sight didn't come into existence till the early 60's. It would of had the standard TALL backsight, if you tried to use the para sight with the original front sights you wouldn't be able to hit the side of a barn from the inside. I suspect the original TALL sight was damaged and then replaced with a para sight taken from one of the Argentineicon Para FAL's brought back from the Falklands. Also it looks like your rifle has had a coating of Suncorite at some stage.


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