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Old October 18, 2012, 22:42   #1
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Lithgow SLR L1A1 and L2A1 barrel date code information

All, posted with permission from Mr. Ian Skennerton.

Excerpt from pages 94-95:

Skennerton, Ian and David Balmer, S.L.R. Australia's F.N. F.A.L.,Margate: I. D. Skennerton, 1989. www.skennerton.com

I'll eventually post these in a cleaner presentation, but the information is here nonetheless. I hope this is of assistance to all.

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Old November 08, 2012, 11:12   #2
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All, posted with permission from Mr. Ian Skennerton.

Excerpt from pages 94-95:

Skennerton, Ian and David Balmer, S.L.R. Australia's F.N. F.A.L.,Margate: I. D. Skennerton, 1989. www.skennerton.com

I'll eventually post these in a cleaner presentation, but the information is here nonetheless. I hope this is of assistance to all.

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Thank you, this Xc barrel code made me wonder on my rifle. They trimmed the barrel right at the keyway in the muzzel?? It was Century canadian built, and marked on an older Imbel..Crossed flags on the bolt and barrel..What is the tiny arrow or tree?? granted I have many mixed parts on it?
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Old November 08, 2012, 11:27   #3
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Thank you, this Xc barrel code made me wonder on my rifle. They trimmed the barrel right at the keyway in the muzzel?? It was Century canadian built, and marked on an older Imbel..Crossed flags on the bolt and barrel..What is the tiny arrow or tree?? granted I have many mixed parts on it?
The "broadarrow" is just an inspection mark.. it will be on pretty much any Commonwealth built rifle.. Aussie, Brit, Indian..
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The "broadarrow" is just an inspection mark.. it will be on pretty much any Commonwealth built rifle.. Aussie, Brit, Indian..
Thanks, def90, It was electro-stenciled on most of those parts..mindbogeling, trying to find out the different parts..I had just noticed my spare barrel is nearly new?? The rear of the reciever and the front barrel half in my spare parts kit,,are lightyears apart in wear??Many Thanks to the guy who gave me that front half..I shelved the inch-bolt since my last posting and the patient is hulling out some brass...with the metric bolt assy..Happiness is when it fires so well...
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Exerpts from www.skennerton.com,
"The 7.62mm L1A1 series serial number prefixes similarly denote makers. UE is Enfield, UB is BSA, UF is Fazakerley and AD is Lithgow, Australia. 'SAF' was applied by the Lithgow factory to certain export sales and 'SR' for Lithgow sectionized rifles. South African 7.62mm FAL's were Belgian production metric models, engraved with the South African crest. Indian 7.62mm 1A rifles ran conventional serial number series with a letter prefix.

7.62mm L2A1 prototypes (heavy barrel auto model) from SAF Lithgow had 'X' prefix serial numbers. Some were onforwarded to Malaya and New Zealand, good customers who purchased quantities of the 7.62mm L1A1 model—
X1 to Malaya (7 June 1961)
X2 to X4 to Malaya
X5 to New Zealand
X6 to X7 to Malaya
X8 to Malaya, returned to SAF and rebuilt, forwarded to Australian War Memorial
X9 to Malaya
X10 AIS (Army Inspectorate) Lithgow
X11 AIS Lithgow
X12 AIS Lithgow
X13 to Malaya
X14 to Malaya
X15 to Malaya (likely only 15 rifles w/ X serials built, following were converted receivers)
X18 rebuilt from X8 at AIS Lithgow
X19 rebuilt from X9 at AIS Lithgow
X20 TT 176 for Army trial, control weapon (normal barrel & gas block, concession trigger mechanism & body bullet lead)
X21 TT 176 (test/trials) used with X20 by the Army
X22 possibly a number allocation and not assembled
Australian L2A1 production commenced in 1962 with 3,000 rifles and continued until 1982 with a total production of 9,557 (excluding the X-prefix pre-production batch referred to above).


Lithgow SAF in-house L1A1 test and some special rifles have some different serial number prefixes. SAF was used for target rifles and commercial batches which included the L1A1A rifles for the United States, e.g. SAF830103. TT and TR were applied to in-house test models. TR0001 to TR024 are recorded as having been assembled,
TR0007 Fully chromed barrel & auto to ADE Melbourne
TR0008 Fully chromed barrel & auto to ADE Melbourne
TR0015 Adverse condition trial with selected components; TT56, TT57, TT58, TT59
TR0016 Production rifle for comparison with above
TR0017 Adverse condition trial TT60 / C110
TR0018 Deterioration of Rifle body using proof rounds; TT61
TR0019 For case proof Footscray, special hardened body BRH
TR0020 BRH body
TR0021 H2 body for cartridge case ammo trial
TR0022 H2 body for cartridge case ammo trial
TR0023 H2 body, test on body hardened at finished stage; TT72 & 74
TR0024 HT body, test on body hardened at finished stage. Also ejector trial.
TT64A, TT64B, TT64C, TT64D, TT64E to observe stretching of body
SR1 Sectionized rifle, to Senior Inspector, AIS
SR2 Sectionized rifle, to Senior Inspector, AIS SAF
SR3 Sectionized rifle, to Bandiana
SR4 Sectionized rifle, to Bandiana, for Melbourne Museum
SR5 Sectionized rifle, Factory inspection prototype
SR6 Sectionized rifle, Australian Trade Commissioner, New Zealand
SR7to SR18 Sectionized rifles, to Malaya
SR19 to SR27 Sectionized rifles, to New Zealand
SR28 Sectionized rifle, to Zambia
SR29 to SR36 Sectionized rifles, for factory personnel
SR37 to SR588 Sectionized rifles, service issue, some sold to collectors and museums
SR8800001 to SR8800010 were a special bi-centennial batch of L1A1 A sectionized rifles in 1988, also engraved 'AUSTRALIA'S BI-CENTENNIAL 1788-1988' over 'S.A.F. LITHGOW L1.A1. PRODUCTION 1958-1988' on the right side of the upper receiver. A special copper - bronze medallion was also inletted into the right side of the butt of these 10 rifles.

Serial numbers for British made L1A1 rifles and Small Arms ran in blocks with factory code and year prefix followed by the serial number commencing with an alphabet letter e.g. UB60 A85830 (last rifle by BSA for the 2nd quarter 1960). Third quarter numbers commenced with A85831. The initial BSA batch of L1A1 rifles for the quarter ending December 31 in 1957 was UB57 A1 - A870. For the quarter ending April 30th 1960, numbers were UB60 A63625 - A75299. The last serial number for the quarter ending 31st July 1960 was UB60 A85830. An anomaly... factory logged quarters ended with 30th April and 31st July???
'U' indicates UK. The next letter is the factory, 'E' for Enfield, 'F' for Fazakerley, 'B' for BSA Guns, 'S' for Sterling Engineering.
This was followed by the year indicator, e.g. '55' for 1955, then the serial number commencing with A1 which continued to A999,999 after which it advanced to a B prefix, starting with B1. The year indicator was irrespective of the serial number advance, e.g. the last rifle at Enfield in 1956 may have been UE 56 A2136, the first rifle in 1957 would thus be UE 57 A2137, until A999999 was reached after which the 'B' series was to be used commencing with B1, e.g. UF 68 B1.
Repaired weapons are marked with factory code, year and 'F.T.R.' adjacent to the original serial number. Where two or more types of weapons are manufactured or repaired at the same factor, a separate series of numbers will be maintained for each type of weapon, each commencing at A1.
For replacement numbers, i.e. unnumbered or illegible originals, SA prefixes were allocated for Army, SN for the Navy and SR for RAF. An example is an L1A1 returned by police in 1978 with an obliterated number was then engraved SA78 A1.
RSAF Enfield reported production of 103,400 L1A1 rifles, 108,300 L1A3 bayonets and 15,520 L1A2 grenade launchers by the end of the financial year 1961 for the War Office, Admiralty, Air Ministry, Ghana, Rhodesia, Nigeria and Singapore. Enfield FTR'd 10,000 No.4 Mk 2 rifles for Burma in that period, new No.4 rifles were made at ROF Fazakerley."

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All, posted with permission from Mr. Ian Skennerton.

Excerpt from pages 94-95:

Skennerton, Ian and David Balmer, S.L.R. Australia's F.N. F.A.L.,Margate: I. D. Skennerton, 1989. www.skennerton.com

I'll eventually post these in a cleaner presentation, but the information is here nonetheless. I hope this is of assistance to all.

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Old August 14, 2015, 21:06   #7
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I would be very interested in those as well..
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Same here, I got a barrel with crown/crossed flags/P and a "WD" mark that I'd like to know more about.
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Anyone have info on a X U code for a L2A1 Barrel?
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I'll say PLEEEEASE!!!
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