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    Rather rotten L1!

    Hi all, I came across this picture online and wondered what the story was.

    As we can see, the L1A1 is in a later spec with plastic and three slot flash hider, but looks like it's been buried for 30 plus years, ex stolen IRA rifle perhaps, Falklands relic find???

    Below we have a Indian 1A1 with L1 laminate forend and painted black furniture to look like an L1A1???

    There must be an interesting story here, anyone know what it is?
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    Top definitely looks battle damaged and lying out for decades but the bottom one is a non gun, a rubber rifle as we called them. Just painted fabulously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Top definitely looks battle damaged and lying out for decades but the bottom one is a non gun, a rubber rifle as we called them. Just painted fabulously.
    Interesting Jim, never seen an rubber 1A1, must be for film work I would guess?

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    FAL cocking handle from army salvage yard

    Here is a FAL cocking handle from a US Army salvage yard

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCS View Post
    Here is a FAL cocking handle from a US Army salvage yardAttachment 113046Attachment 113047
    Nice save....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    rubber 1A1
    They exist and I had to hold myself back when I saw one for sale at Collector Source here. It would have made an excellent addition to my then collection. Only one I've seen. Different still, wonder if the one you show was cast for a movie like "Tumbledown"...
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    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    They exist and I had to hold myself back when I saw one for sale at Collector Source here. It would have made an excellent addition to my then collection. Only one I've seen. Different still, wonder if the one you show was cast for a movie like "Tumbledown"...
    Could be Jim, or 1971.....

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    Reading the description attached to the picture I posted is pretty funny. Obviously aimed at the un knowing...I did lots of river/water crossings and amphibious landings with me FN in hand. We carried them through thick and thin, no rubber replacements. Even the para training used a real rifle although they were the EX1/2s welded solid and barrels touched by torch. I never saw these and until the adoption of the M16A2/C7 never saw the rubber rifle. Now we have copies for everything but they still don't see much light. The example I show is the only one I ever saw, would have sworn they didn't exist.

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