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nounnoun
August 08, 2017, 13:22
Last month I was cruising the pawn shops, primarily to get a cheap portable air conditioner, when the universe placed an L1A1 in my path. I was vaguely familiar with the FAL design, a bit flush, and had just got done buying my wife a new iPad, so she was quick to accept my reasoning that $1000 might be a fair price. We also have this rule; if you think you'll never see it or that deal again, do it.

It seemed like one of those things. Regardless, it was speaking to me.

How could I refuse?

http://i.imgur.com/R2n9ogeh.jpg

So, I laid down the cash, went home, and tore it apart. There was the usual pawn shop dust and rust, but it seemed like it had been competently cared for at some point. First couple times out to the range there were some hiccups cycling. Getting a recoil buffer; oiling and cleaning the hell out of everything from the recoil spring on up -- I still need one of those tools so I can really get in there; polishing the hammer face and smoothing that edge on the return side that the bolt carrier hangs on; polishing the trigger and hammer sear to smooth and lighten the trigger pull; and just giving it the love it always deserved has done a lot.

By the third time out things were cycling smoothly with the gas setting on five with a very gentle recoil as I zeroed the Trilux SUIT that had come in. 150 rounds, easy 3" groups at 100 yards, with the only issue being a caught follower in one magazine at the last three rounds. Other than that one instance, it was farting out rounds. I lucked out with getting an S stock, as this thing fits like a glove.

I really have caught the bug with this one. I've loved working on and operating this machine. I'm already planning my next. Here are some more photos. Not pictured is the hand engraving on the bolt, "241 (crossed ensigns) 1A" on the side and "A96003" on the bottom. All other markings are B60 or B61, the exceptions being the gas piston (B78), and an Enfield 63 flash hider. Also, single piece broad arrow marked firing pin.

http://i.imgur.com/zlcp77sh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/2DqFF9ch.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/rZUEQNjh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/epX0Nwsh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/QH5nJwSh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/AVnO759h.jpg

Any help deciphering the barrel markings, or which contract AD6114212 was on, or the bolt markings, would be hugely appreciated.

Trypcil
August 08, 2017, 13:35
Nice Aussie, very nice - for 1k not bad, and the handle can be gotten easy!:shades:

J. Armstrong
August 08, 2017, 14:04
Nice score indeed :bow:

3Gunnah
August 08, 2017, 15:16
Metric or inch mags? Nice rifle!

01BIRDDOG
August 08, 2017, 17:28
Really nice L1A1 and at a good score also.

nounnoun
August 08, 2017, 18:18
Thanks. Truth is, it was my wife who encouraged to get it, and I'm really glad she did, because I really like it, and it's good to find out it's a pretty decent one and that there's a board like this with such a tremendous knowledge base.

These photos were from when I first got it, it's cleaned up a whole lot since then. I have the feeling that between it's kinda rough shape, its mislabelling as a "century sporter," and $100 down layaway, that it was heading towards an ignoble end, and there's not much I enjoy more than "rescuing" beautiful machines from rustoleum and Dremel tools.

It accepts metric magazines, and I figured -- without knowing all I know now after lurking these forums for a month -- that a receiver made by a state arms manufacturer was probably legit, even if the parts were worthless. I did have to do some filing on the inside lip that's left roughly finished around the face of the chamber to get the Enfield cover with the SUIT mount to fit, which also lost like .5mm of stoving paint in the process.

Also, hand polishing and smoothing the hammer face and that angle on the return end, with lubricating and cleaning as best I can the recoil spring until I could not longer feel or hear any grittiness or binding, seems to be the only big thing that changed before I was able to fire somewhat reliably with the gas set at 7, and totally reliably at 5 after everything warmed up, when I had needed to have it at 3. I also noticed at the higher setting that the bolt carrier was no longer slapping against the stock, which TOTALLY changed the nature of the machine.

Maybe it was the extra cleaning of the gas ports, but those are the largest changes I'd made before the machine stopped leaving bruises or popping up and hitting me in the jaw. It felt like the recoil on a Baretta 92 or 96, but scaled up, like a swift rocking motion. Charging it used to sound, and feel, like opening and shutting the door on an 82 Cadillac, now it just clicks in one smooth motion like a sewing machine.

Edit: I used a cleaning rod with worn .30 cal brush to fit through the nut on the recoil spring tube and a good bit of kleenbore and scrubbed until the chunks stopped coming out.

Ronin6.8
August 08, 2017, 18:54
Sweeeeet!

grunzter
August 10, 2017, 04:11
Very nice L1A1 so far from home...

ExCdnSoldierInTx
August 28, 2017, 10:24
holy crap. Nice score

enbloc8
August 28, 2017, 17:45
Contract, I would say probably New Zealand...and I believe they did use both British and Australian spare parts.

ftierson
August 28, 2017, 17:54
Nice score indeed :bow:

Yup... :)

Forrest

Bug Tussell
September 02, 2017, 07:09
Thanks. Truth is, it was my wife who encouraged to get it, and I'm really glad she did, because I really like it, and it's good to find out it's a pretty decent one and that there's a board like this with such a tremendous knowledge base.

These photos were from when I first got it, it's cleaned up a whole lot since then. I have the feeling that between it's kinda rough shape, its mislabelling as a "century sporter," and $100 down layaway, that it was heading towards an ignoble end, and there's not much I enjoy more than "rescuing" beautiful machines from rustoleum and Dremel tools.

It accepts metric magazines, and I figured -- without knowing all I know now after lurking these forums for a month -- that a receiver made by a state arms manufacturer was probably legit, even if the parts were worthless. I did have to do some filing on the inside lip that's left roughly finished around the face of the chamber to get the Enfield cover with the SUIT mount to fit, which also lost like .5mm of stoving paint in the process.

Also, hand polishing and smoothing the hammer face and that angle on the return end, with lubricating and cleaning as best I can the recoil spring until I could not longer feel or hear any grittiness or binding, seems to be the only big thing that changed before I was able to fire somewhat reliably with the gas set at 7, and totally reliably at 5 after everything warmed up, when I had needed to have it at 3. I also noticed at the higher setting that the bolt carrier was no longer slapping against the stock, which TOTALLY changed the nature of the machine.

Maybe it was the extra cleaning of the gas ports, but those are the largest changes I'd made before the machine stopped leaving bruises or popping up and hitting me in the jaw. It felt like the recoil on a Baretta 92 or 96, but scaled up, like a swift rocking motion. Charging it used to sound, and feel, like opening and shutting the door on an 82 Cadillac, now it just clicks in one smooth motion like a sewing machine.

Edit: I used a cleaning rod with worn .30 cal brush to fit through the nut on the recoil spring tube and a good bit of kleenbore and scrubbed until the chunks stopped coming out.

:bow:

W.E.G.
September 02, 2017, 07:34
Needs L1A1 carry handle.

hueyville
September 02, 2017, 08:19
Last month I was cruising the pawn shops, primarily to get a cheap portable air conditioner, when the universe placed an L1A1 in my path. I was vaguely familiar with the FAL design, a bit flush, and had just got done buying my wife a new iPad, so she was quick to accept my reasoning that $1000 might be a fair price. We also have this rule; if you think you'll never see it or that deal again, do it.
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Great rule and wise wife. My wife has a rule to always have access for enough cash that do not have to wait for bank to open to buy a Harley-Davidson. Amazing how many people end up in jail on Friday or Saturday night, want out quickly and only way to make 10% of bond is sell their putt. Amazing how a 10k to 20k bike can be purchased for 5k to 10k if can hand somebodies ol lady enough cash to satisfy bail bond companies mandatory 10% as she signs title over. Some need to make it to work Monday morning and not loose job. Others just don't like sitting in jail for who knows how long if try and wait out a full value offer. Good buy sir. Can't count the guns have drug in house to a frowning wife then point at a putt sitting in corner of garage she purchased only because it was a screaming deal.

nounnoun
September 02, 2017, 20:07
Great rule and wise wife.

She is a most beneficent ruler, indeed.

Needs L1A1 carry handle.

Yeah, about that! I think this Israeli handle causes casings to occasionally bounce back into the breach -- I get these brass marks on the receiver by the end of the handle, and every so often these weird stoppages where the next round is picked up and on its way into the chamber, but stopped by the open end of the brass getting caught between the carrier and the breach face. Nothing else to hint that it's not cycling properly, but haven't had it ever happen with the handle pushed over the other side.

In other news:
-- Sanded and refinished the wood -- just sandpaper and Tung oil.
-- Replaced the hand grips. The old ones were mismatched, different woods and fittings.
-- Replaced the flash hider with a PNG F1. So much more pleasant to shoot recoil-wise.
-- I was looking at that notch cut in the front post, and thinking how that would look like an upward pointing arrow if you filled it in. Turns out it makes for a great little night sight if you fill it in with higher end luminescent paint. I think I'll make a separate post about the process.

https://i.imgur.com/EgsoowLl.jpg
(before swapping FH)

https://i.imgur.com/xRQnrkil.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/ARdzi1Al.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/xzp1UP0l.png
These newer luminescent pigments take like 5 mins to charge in sunlight and stay going for over 12 hours. This was about five minutes after a minute in front of a 100W bulb. That's also about how dirty it gets after ~150 rounds.

SteelGreyML
September 13, 2017, 23:13
Nice rifle. How did you do the luminescent paint job?

She is a most beneficent ruler, indeed.



Yeah, about that! I think this Israeli handle causes casings to occasionally bounce back into the breach -- I get these brass marks on the receiver by the end of the handle, and every so often these weird stoppages where the next round is picked up and on its way into the chamber, but stopped by the open end of the brass getting caught between the carrier and the breach face. Nothing else to hint that it's not cycling properly, but haven't had it ever happen with the handle pushed over the other side.

In other news:
-- Sanded and refinished the wood -- just sandpaper and Tung oil.
-- Replaced the hand grips. The old ones were mismatched, different woods and fittings.
-- Replaced the flash hider with a PNG F1. So much more pleasant to shoot recoil-wise.
-- I was looking at that notch cut in the front post, and thinking how that would look like an upward pointing arrow if you filled it in. Turns out it makes for a great little night sight if you fill it in with higher end luminescent paint. I think I'll make a separate post about the process.

https://i.imgur.com/EgsoowLl.jpg
(before swapping FH)

https://i.imgur.com/xRQnrkil.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/ARdzi1Al.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/xzp1UP0l.png
These newer luminescent pigments take like 5 mins to charge in sunlight and stay going for over 12 hours. This was about five minutes after a minute in front of a 100W bulb. That's also about how dirty it gets after ~150 rounds.

jeffrey
September 14, 2017, 19:55
Those CAIA L1A1 Sporters built on Imbels were one of the true bargains for years. And I love to see one restored to glory without the thumbhole stock and neutered barrel.

Nice score.

Cleaning and a bit of judicious polishing are good. Just be real careful not to change any angles or geometry or reduce contact areas when you're working on the hammer, trigger, and sear.