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Old April 14, 2019, 22:23   #1
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Mix plastic and wood?

Did the commonwealth countries ever mix wood with plastic stocks/ handguards?
How about plastic carry handles on otherwise wood L1A1s?
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Old April 15, 2019, 06:49   #2
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Yes. I have one, actually. When the wood became unserviceable, they would simply replace it. Bad buttstock, replace with Maranyl. Cracked carry handle, replace. I've seen many done this way.



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Old April 15, 2019, 10:15   #3
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More likely as a field expedient measure. Once sent back to ordnance they would replace all the wood furniture with plastic .
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Old April 15, 2019, 14:37   #4
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Did the commonwealth countries ever mix wood with plastic stocks/ handguards?
How about plastic carry handles on otherwise wood L1A1s?
Plastic carry handles with wood furniture was standard on Australian production from 1965 onward.
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In Canada, FN C1A1 and FN C2A1 used only wood furniture. The only exception if for the carry handle which moved from wood carry handle to the plastic one when they were converted from C1/C2 to C1A1/C2A1.
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Old April 17, 2019, 18:52   #6
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What about wood buttstocks with plastic handguards or some other combination on the Australian rifles?
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What about wood buttstocks with plastic handguards or some other combination on the Australian rifles?
Australia never used anything besides wooden furniture. New Zealand had at least some rifles with British/domestic plastic furniture, but how much of it I don't know.
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Australia never used anything besides wooden furniture. New Zealand had at least some rifles with British/domestic plastic furniture, but how much of it I don't know.
Thanks for the reply...
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Australia never used anything besides wooden furniture.
...yes this.... in the late 80s we were toying with Brit plastic stocks (at the School of Infantry) but as I understand this it was about easily adjusting the length of pull as you were able with plastics. It didn't catch on and wood was still being made for SLRs in 1990.
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It didn't catch on and wood was still being made for SLRs in 1990.
Yes, I still have a pristine MA 90 N stock in the spares box. Interestingly, I don't think I've seen any PGs or handguards dated later than 1983 or 84...are there newer ones out there?
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I have not looked in years.... the 90 stocks were a surprise find. I do believe I have seen 88 or 87 PGs but I would not bet my life on it.
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Australia never used anything besides wooden furniture. New Zealand had at least some rifles with British/domestic plastic furniture, but how much of it I don't know.
NZ had their own design of the plastic HGs which had additional venting on the top. I believe that the plastic buttstocks and grip were the same as the British.
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