Enfieldguns are now selling the L1A1 SLR Rifle that was the standard British Army assault rifle from the mid-1950's on through the late 1980's, ultimately being replaced by the bullpup-configured L85A1. The L1A1 stemmed from a British military need to arm it's troops with a new automatic weapon. Development of their own assault weapon was abandoned so it left the British military looking to fill a role with limited locally-produced possibilities.
We sell them in either wood or in the black plastic format, all our rifles have new barrels to conform with UK section one firearms law.
Now it is a very rare rifle in its own right as most have either been de-acted off or cut-up under the guidance of NATO regulations. Enfieldguns are a great supporter of British rifle shooting in the UK and this rifle as other we sell help's to keep our sport alive.
In the late 1950's the British Army looked outside the country for assistance and landed an agreement with the Belgium firearms firm of Fabrique-Nationale to license the highly successful FN FAL design. The L1A1 would appear very much like the original FN FAL (in both looks and operation), though the production process and measurements in imperial would change the nuances in design and engineering so much so that the two weapon system's parts were not interchangeable.
In the end, the British Army ended up with a solidly built and designed rifle that was quite capable of fielding to the frontlines for the next 30 years.
The L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle) is the British version of the FN FAL (Fusil Automatique Leger) - Light Automatic Rifle, one of the most famous and widespread military rifle designs of the late 20th century. Developed by the Belgian Fabrique Nationale Company (FN), it was used by some 70 or more countries, and was manufactured in at least 10 countries. The FAL type rifle is no longer in front line service in the developed world, but is still in use in poorer parts of the world.