L1A1 Self Loading Rifle (SLR)

7.62mm calibre L1A1 Self Loading Rifle (SLR). The Australian-supplied L1A1 was a reliable, hard-hitting, gas-operated, magazine-fed semi-automatic rifle, with a maximum battle range of 300 metres and a practical rate of fire of 20 rounds per minute. In Vietnam the L1A1 was the standard personal weapon for New Zealand and Australian soldiers.

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National Army Museum Te Mata Toa
Accession Number: 1992.288
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The SLR issued to New Zealand infantry was British made, not the Australian Lithgow manufactured model.

The infantry had their weapons issued in Terendak Camp Malaysia where they were a a part of 28th Commonwealth Brigade British Far East Land Forces.

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