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Jarhead504
February 21, 2017, 20:47
even after Bush put the first semi ban in 1989? In other words, did they have or had multiple markets for this rifle before Poyer started importing them and just continued with the other markets after the ban? The post the other day the stated there are only 150+ Poyer Imports in the USA and it got me to wondering if Lithgow actually made MORE of these great rifles and they got sold elsewhere, like Canada maybe?

Does anybody really know?

TIA,
Jarhead

def90
February 21, 2017, 21:05
There are many "private" sales listed through the years of L1A1 production which may have been commercial sales to various countries. According to Skennertons book the L1A1A model was produced specifically for the US market with a small number sold locally in Australia. There were 200 of these rifles produced for the US market.

Other countries don't or didn't have the safety sear or semi auto requirement that the US has so they would have just imported standard L1A1s.

Watch Ryder
February 22, 2017, 09:45
even after Bush put the first semi ban in 1989? In other words, did they have or had multiple markets for this rifle before Poyer started importing them and just continued with the other markets after the ban? The post the other day the stated there are only 150+ Poyer Imports in the USA and it got me to wondering if Lithgow actually made MORE of these great rifles and they got sold elsewhere, like Canada maybe?

Does anybody really know?

TIA,
Jarhead

Aussie semi-auto market went into the deep freeze after 1996 auto-bans / restrictions.

No semi-auto long guns allowed there now AFAIK.

wanneroo
February 22, 2017, 10:34
Aussie semi-auto market went into the deep freeze after 1996 auto-bans / restrictions.

No semi-auto long guns allowed there now AFAIK.

The Australians have semi autos in small numbers but it's a heavily restricted category and pretty much you have to be an occupational shooter(pest control, hunter) to be able to purchase one.

Andy the Aussie
February 22, 2017, 13:38
There are many "private" sales listed through the years of L1A1 production which may have been commercial sales to various countries. According to Skennertons book the L1A1A model was produced specifically for the US market with a small number sold locally in Australia. There were 200 of these rifles produced for the US market.

Other countries don't or didn't have the safety sear or semi auto requirement that the US has so they would have just imported standard L1A1s. .....the Private Sales listed in the records are of standard L1A1s to individuals here. Till 1986 you could order one direct from the factory and have it mailed out to you. A few L1A1As were sold here but don't appear in the records in Skennerton's book as those serial numbers were from the normal production cycle. As noted the L1A1A was specifically to meet the requirements of the US market and were commissioned by Onyx at the start.

ActionYobbo
February 22, 2017, 20:12
. Till 1986 you could order one direct from the factory and have it mailed out to you.

those were the days. funny how things change. I came home 1 day and there it was in its card board box propped up against the front door. Left there by the friendly delivery driver is suburban Sydney not a care in the world. this event happened several times. :fal:

enbloc8
February 23, 2017, 11:07
even after Bush put the first semi ban in 1989? In other words, did they have or had multiple markets for this rifle before Poyer started importing them and just continued with the other markets after the ban? The post the other day the stated there are only 150+ Poyer Imports in the USA and it got me to wondering if Lithgow actually made MORE of these great rifles and they got sold elsewhere, like Canada maybe?

Does anybody really know?

TIA,
Jarhead

As far as I've heard, after the 1989 Bush AWB stopped imports, the remaining L1A1As (about 42 or so) were dismantled and the usable parts went back into the bins. An Australian poster on another page mentioned that a gunsmith he knew had an L1A1A barreled action in his possession, so it sounds like at least one of them got out on the local civilian market.