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Old January 21, 2020, 19:24   #1
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Help me ID L1A1 barrel

Please help me ID barrel. Barrel is full length and chamber is chrome lined. But FH is stuck so unable to check if bore is chrome lined.

I wish to know date manufactured and if bore is chrome lined. I also wish to know what stamped letters and info mean.

Breech end by side flat is a letter “H” and a small “s”.
Breech end underside is Aussie crossed flags
Forward of sling swivel is “NP 7.62 M/M 2.01” 19 TONS”






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Old January 22, 2020, 02:05   #2
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Skennerton identifies the H code only as "up to 1961", and not chrome lined.

The proof mark looks like something that passed through a British proof house at one point, though how such a barrel could have ended up here is beyond me.

Was this barrel on GB in the last few weeks? It vaguely looks familiar.
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Old January 22, 2020, 02:35   #3
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Skennerton identifies the H code only as "up to 1961", and not chrome lined.

The proof mark looks like something that passed through a British proof house at one point, though how such a barrel could have ended up here is beyond me.

Was this barrel on GB in the last few weeks? It vaguely looks familiar.
Thank you. I appreciate the feedback. Yes, I bought from GB recently.
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Old January 22, 2020, 08:12   #4
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My guess is that it entered the civilian market at some point, where a pressure test was required. I have never seen a pressure test like that on an Aussie military L1A1 barrel
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Old January 22, 2020, 11:01   #5
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Best I can think of is that it could have come from an ex-Singapore/Malaya rifle that went to the British civilian market (hence the proofing mark), then was sold to a Canadian dealer (perhaps after the British ban in 1989, like all those ex-OPP C1s), then came across the border as either a spare barrel or a complete (though contraband) rifle that was subsequently parted out.

Those familiar with the British and Canadian arms scenes in the 80s, any thoughts?
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My guess is that it entered the civilian market at some point, where a pressure test was required. I have never seen a pressure test like that on an Aussie military L1A1 barrel
Update. I looked at my other Aussie barrels and none of them had the pressure test marking. An odd barrel for sure. I was able to remove FH by applying heat and as stated, bore is not chrome lined. Thanks for everyone’s input.
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