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    In our case it was nothing. Just the rifle in short term preservation in a plastic bag, all in a reusable cardboard box. The mags and chargers, bayonets, slings and cleaning gear was all separate. All shipped by boxes by stock number. This looks more like the way a company that bought asset disposal goods would package them. But my past is with Canadian goods...and the Aussie and Kiwi rifles we got here in Canadaicon in about 1980 all came in the heavy wood crates of ten. The sundry EIS came as ordered.
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    According to Ian Skennertonicon the Polystyrene boxes came into service in 1965. I did manage to find an image with a contents label attached, no magazine loader, but I wonder how they fitted it all into the box. The pullthrough and oil bottle are in the butt, the sling and cleaning kit will fit, its the 3 20 round magazines that are the problem, I might have to have a play around and see if I can work it out.


    New Zealand did have wooden transit chests that originally held 5 rifles with an internal box that would hold the magazines. When they were returning the SLR's during the Steyr Replacement program, they removed the internals and stuffed 10 rifles in a chest. The New Zealand Chests has a removable lid, held in place with 6 catches. I can't at this stage find a photo of what they look like.


    The Australianicon Wooden transit chests held 8 rifles. I would love to get my hands on one of those complete with the internals !
    Australian Transit Chest for 8 Rifles I can't remember where I obtained the photos from


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    Great pics Kev, another piece of inch pattern history I've never seen....

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    Very cool find, especially considering the box and the provenance.

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    Strangely enough, I do remember polystyrene SLR packages being delivered to our Battalion armourers, and I vaguely remember thinking as they were being opened, "I'd like one of those new rifles for myself" as they were prestine.
    Don't recollect the chests though.

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    You had to wait "a few" more years for your own SLR Gil!

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    I thought the equipment list picture Kev posted looked familiar.

    Here is how the mags were stacked.

    The cleaning roll and sling were sitting where the fourth magazine should be.
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    Thanks for the photos, nice to get the photo back where it belongs. Nice SAF target Rifle, I have AD690017, they are an oddball target rifle and I can see why they lost out to the Omark

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