The Self Loading Rifle

Self Loading Rifle
Self Loading Rifle

Popularly known as the SLR, the correct name for this British made rifle was the L1A1.

First produced in 1954 it was only phased out of use in the British Army in the late 1980s, being replaced by the SA80. Its reliability and robustness combined with a 7.62mm calibre bullet that reloaded itself from a gas operated twenty or thirty round magazine made it a formidable weapon in trained hands.

It was used in the Malayan Emergency, the Vietnam War, the Northern Ireland Troubles, the Falklands War and the Gulf War.