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Old May 26, 2006, 23:35   #1
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British X8E1 Rifle arrives.......

This is some other pics I captured from the same British site that I got the EM2 pics at. These are of the EX1 design that was the predesecessor to the L1 they finally adapted..... Note the metric features, PG, stripper clip cover, HG's,

The last pic is just of some British Para Regt. Cadets in summer tng with their L1A1's..... Cool!!!









Para Cadets on patrol:

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Old May 27, 2006, 08:18   #2
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very cool!
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Old May 27, 2006, 08:49   #3
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Nice FAL's, but hardly a reason to drool over them. It could just be that he's a Brit.
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Old May 27, 2006, 09:25   #4
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Kool.

It looks like not only did the Brits stamp proof marks all over every single part on their guns but that habit carried over to the pictures of their guns as well.

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Old May 27, 2006, 09:36   #5
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Those bolt carriers nearly glow in the dark!

I hope the non-com in the first pics took some ribbing over the placement of his trigger finger.
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Old May 27, 2006, 09:38   #6
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Crazy Limey's gotta have their trigger on the finger everytime they pick up a rifle. Hope he didn't have an accidental discharge.

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Old May 27, 2006, 12:44   #7
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Yeah Vince, I'm a little concerned about what that is dripping down his chin too.....

If you watch the video from this set he is not too sharp either....not good at handling the thing at all!!
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Old May 27, 2006, 17:33   #8
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Yeah Vince, I'm a little concerned about what that is dripping down his chin too.....

If you watch the video from this set he is not too sharp either....not good at handling the thing at all!!
At some point someone is going to make a commet about duty under fire.

But it ain't going to be me.


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Old May 27, 2006, 18:46   #9
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Wouldn't that be the X8E1 series rifle?
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Old May 27, 2006, 23:34   #10
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Falcon that would be correct if they are British. Thanks EX1
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Old May 28, 2006, 21:28   #11
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Wouldn't that be the X8E1 series rifle?
One of these?
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Old May 28, 2006, 23:06   #12
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Yes indeed...now that's irresistible

Here's an Ex1 (OB1067), sort of...
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Old May 28, 2006, 23:08   #13
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Old May 29, 2006, 04:36   #14
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Nice EX.1

hummm...........

How about a X8E5?

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Old June 01, 2006, 11:50   #15
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Old September 12, 2008, 18:25   #16
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One of these?
I presume that is an X14E1, not one of the X8 series. Is it?

In the British army it was originally envisaged that the rifle
would actually be loaded in the field using 5 round stripper
clips, with spare 20 round magazines carried "for use in
emergency".

A short article on the new FN rifle from the March 1954 issue
of "Soldier" (the "British Army Magazine") is available here
(c. 7.5 MByte .pdf file).
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Nice FAL's, but hardly a reason to drool over them. It could just be that he's a Brit.
Mean to tell me that you didn't drool the fist time you held your first FAL? If you didn't there definately IS something wrong with you. Man how did somebody find this old thread?
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Old September 13, 2008, 00:14   #18
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Man how did somebody find this old thread?
You would not believe the "old" pics of FALs I have on my HD, tons! I've searched the entire British empire and found many hide away places where they are saved.......
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Old September 13, 2008, 12:40   #19
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I was looking for stuff online about the X8-X14 rifles. This forum is a mine of
information.

First time I ever held a FAL (actually an L1A1) I got a smack around the head
for fitting the (empty) mag without being ordered to.
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Observation 1: crap trigger discipline! (as already stated by B is B)
Observation 2: are those .303BR cases lying on the sand bags? Seems the lee Enfield shooters were getting off more rounds than the FAL dudes.


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Old September 13, 2008, 18:26   #21
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Interesting that they liked the israeli barrel design and selector. Damnitt now i'm gonna have to try and build one like falcon's.
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I presume that is an X14E1, not one of the X8 series. Is it?

In the British army it was originally envisaged that the rifle
would actually be loaded in the field using 5 round stripper
clips, with spare 20 round magazines carried "for use in
emergency".

A short article on the new FN rifle from the March 1954 issue
of "Soldier" (the "British Army Magazine") is available here
(c. 7.5 MByte .pdf file).
The rifle shown is a X8E1, note the stripper clip cover, the bright carrier, carrying handle etc.

The X14E1 was a preproduction rifle, it was similar to the Canadian C1 rifle and were hand made at Enfield in 1956. They incorporated all the latest design changes that the RSC had agreed on. X14E1 No. 6 can be seen in the British training manuals (1959, 1965, 1975). The body has Metric TYPE 1 cuts and it appears to be automatic going by the selector (Basically a FAL type selector with an large 'Inch' knob).

The rifle shown in the Soldier article is the prototype No. 45
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Observation 1: crap trigger discipline! (as already stated by B is B)
Observation 2: are those .303BR cases lying on the sand bags? Seems the lee Enfield shooters were getting off more rounds than the FAL dudes.


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Old September 15, 2008, 12:57   #24
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The rifle shown is a X8E1, note the stripper clip cover, the bright carrier, carrying handle etc.

The X14E1 was a preproduction rifle, it was similar to the Canadian C1 rifle and were hand made at Enfield in 1956. They incorporated all the latest design changes that the RSC had agreed on. X14E1 No. 6 can be seen in the British training manuals (1959, 1965, 1975). The body has Metric TYPE 1 cuts and it appears to be automatic going by the selector (Basically a FAL type selector with an large 'Inch' knob).

The rifle shown in the Soldier article is the prototype No. 45
Thanks for the information. Now I come to think of it I actually have a copy of
the 1965 SLR pam that shows the X14! So did all of the X8 series have the
stripper clip cover? Is it an X8 in this still from a newsreel (dated 1954)? Or
is this what you mean by "prototype No. 45"?



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Thanks for the information. Now I come to think of it I actually have a copy of
the 1965 SLR pam that shows the X14! So did all of the X8 series have the
stripper clip cover? Is it an X8 in this still from a newsreel (dated 1954)? Or
is this what you mean by "prototype No. 45"?


Yes, in the picture you just posted and in the article you posted a link to the rifle shown is FN's Prototype No. 45 rifle and not an X8 trials rifle.

The X8E1, X8E3, X8E5, X8E8 had stripper clip loading covers and were part of the UK rifle trials.

The X8E2 has a full cover but was fitted with the UOS (Unit Optic Sight), possible X8E4 and X8E6 were too?

To date its unknown if X8E4, X8E6, X8E7 (modified versions of the X8E1/X8E2 rifles) were produced , there is only references to the X8E1, X8E2, X8E3, X8E5, X8E8 in various literature. They may of only been 'paper rifles'.
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Yes, in the picture you just posted and in the article you posted a link to the rifle shown is FN's Prototype No. 45 rifle and not an X8 trials rifle.

The X8E1, X8E3, X8E5, X8E8 had stripper clip loading covers and were part of the UK rifle trials.

The X8E2 has a full cover but was fitted with the UOS (Unit Optic Sight), possible X8E4 and X8E6 were too?

To date its unknown if X8E4, X8E6, X8E7 (modified versions of the X8E1/X8E2 rifles) were produced , there is only references to the X8E1, X8E2, X8E3, X8E5, X8E8 in various literature. They may of only been 'paper rifles'.

Reaching back into the Wayback machine, X8E5 is not a paper tiger, serial number G79 exists.
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