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Old March 12, 2019, 13:48   #1
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The L2A1 Automatic Rifle - Lightgow

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I would like to introduce my Automatic Rifle L2A1 made by Lightgow in 1964, As per the book of Ian Skennerton et David Balmer “S.L.R. AUSTRALIAN F.N. F.A.L.”, they list the rifle L2A1 production serials and which country they are supply to. I found that my L2A1 was purchased by Malaya. It is fitted with a short butt, better suited to the smaller Asians. My L2A1 is not fitted with the Canadian 1,000 yd leaf backsight attached to the dustcover, but supplied with the standard L1A1 backsight on the lower receiver; however done for mostly export orders. This weapon transited through UK because we can found British proof marks on the barrel before to arrive in Canada.

Lightgow produced 9,557 L2A1 between 1962 and 1982. Features of the L2A1 counterpart are the heavy barrel, folding bipod with wooden inserts to serve as a fore-end when in the folded position, 30-round magazine, larger gas block with lugs underneath for he bipod assembly, different carrying handle to allow for the changed point of balance, and selector switch may be moved to the “A” or automatic fire position (for my case the L1A1 semi-automatic selector is installed because I am not allowed to possess full automatic weapon). I bought my L2A1 in 2012 for 2,133CAD$ (1595US$) from a gun dealer in Ontario.

Physical Data:

Weight with filled 30-round magazine: 15 lbs et 4 oz (7.7 kg)

Overall length: 45" (114,3 cm)

Magazine capacity: 30 rounds


Action operation : Gas piston

Barrel length 21” (53,3 cm) without flash hider

Muzzle velocity 2750 fps (853 m/s)

Ammunition type 7.62 mm NATO Standard

Number of grooves 6

Pitch 1 turn in 12” (30,5 cm)

Direction of twist Right-hand

Ancillary Equipment: Sling Rifle, L1A2 Bayonet, Cleaning Kit



















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Old March 12, 2019, 13:57   #2
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Hello please find more pictures:



















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Old March 12, 2019, 14:01   #3
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Wow. That’s a real nice original L2A. That was a hell of a deal! You can’t even build it for you paid for it. Thanks for sharing.
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Old March 12, 2019, 19:05   #4
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Very nice. I like the HB versions, myself.
Back to front: Israeli, Belgian, Australian, Malayan





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Old March 12, 2019, 19:13   #5
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I think the pix in this thread are giving me some of them "multiple organisms" I've always heard about
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Old March 12, 2019, 21:57   #6
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Very nice rifles..Mine is was a Singapore import with the recoil reducer....

Oh Lord. Seller's remorse is really starting to kick in...........

http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=438416



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Old March 12, 2019, 22:29   #7
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years ago i made a phony L2A1 out of an L1A1:

http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showt...highlight=L2a1
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Old March 13, 2019, 06:46   #8
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My understanding of Canadian gun laws is that all you can do with it is look at it. You cannot take it out and shoot it.
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Old March 13, 2019, 08:00   #9
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My understanding of Canadian gun laws is that all you can do with it is look at it. You cannot take it out and shoot it.
Yes, this is very |!\±@£±¢¤"/*%)*?$)*/& current situation in Canada . I hope one day, we will allow to use it again at a shooting range but we need a miracle to this happen
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Hello

Please find British export proof mark on the barrel before exportation to Canada.

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Old March 13, 2019, 09:05   #11
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Very nice! In Canada is that a "Prohibited" or "Restricted" rifle (if those are the right terms)?

Doesn't take long to go through 5 rounds in an L2/C2.
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Very nice! In Canada is that a "Prohibited" or "Restricted" rifle (if those are the right terms)?

Doesn't take long to go through 5 rounds in an L2/C2.
The L2A1 is a prohibited weapon Converted Automatic 12(3). All magazines are limited to 5 rounds but we cannot bring to the range to have fun.
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This has to be one of the few I've ever seen with all the correct matching serial numbers.

Great rifle!!!
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The L2A1 is a prohibited weapon Converted Automatic 12(3). All magazines are limited to 5 rounds but we cannot bring to the range to have fun.
Damn.... I didn't realize it was that bad now. Sorry man.

I left Canada when I got out of the Cdn Forces in FRP 1995 (CELE) and moved to the USA and am now a citizen. I have never regretted it once. I have an L1A1 and an L2A1 with all the 20 and 30 round mags I could ever care to own.
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Damn.... I didn't realize it was that bad now. Sorry man.

I left Canada when I got out of the Cdn Forces in FRP 1995 (CELE) and moved to the USA and am now a citizen. I have never regretted it once. I have an L1A1 and an L2A1 with all the 20 and 30 round mags I could ever care to own.
If you want to know more about Prohibited Weapons regulations in Canada: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/f...rohibe-eng.htm

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That is absolutely gorgeous --- thanks for the great pics!!!

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Very nice rifles..Mine is was a Singapore import with the recoil reducer....

Oh Lord. Seller's remorse is really starting to kick in...........

http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=438416



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Wow! You too have a great L2A1.
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I found a kit build at the gun show a couple weeks back .. built on a sac latta Type III rec IIRC .. $2000.00 .. maybe shoulda bought it ..
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Thanks again for all the outstanding photos above. Good ref. material for future use.
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Thanks everyone for your good words on my Aussie L2A1.
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