Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Memories Of The L85A1

On a quick break from work to eat, I ran across this blast-from-the-past via a youtube clip from the channel "Forgotten Weapons" of a bloke describing the workings and faults of the British Enfield L85A1, which was the rifle I was issued with during my time in the TA (which was late '90s, though we only knew the rifle by the term "SA80"). My chief memory of that thing was dismantling it and cleaning it basically all the time; seeing him pull out the guiding rods and then later the firing pin and retaining pin from the bolt housing was especially vivid. We all spent inordinately more time cleaning that thing than actually firing it, which sounds like a complaint, but it was actually good practice to familiarize ourselves with the weapon.

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