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L2A1

Australian FAL variant with several unique features. It has a heavy profile barrel, a special handguard that also converts into a bipod, tangent rear sights, and although not seen in this example, a large rec.oil reducing muzzle brake. These are very rare as complete rifles or parts kits. The Malaysian military had Australian contract L2A1‘s in their arsenal, and some of the kits that arrived in the U.S were Malaysian in origin. (GRH)

The Biwarip machine-carbine

This was perhaps the first British submachine gun, designed in the late 1930s and submitted to the Small Arms Committee for testing in August 1938. It was one of two British SMG designs that the SAC tested that year - the other was the Dinely. Testing for the Biwarip found that it was a very handy weapon, and a remarkably modern one at that, but was too light to sustain accurate fire. It was rejected with no recommendations for improvement.

The Biwarip was a compact weapon which could be fired one-handed with ease. The initial prototype had no sights, no stock, a perforated barrel casing and a side-mounted magazine feed. It used a blow-back system and had a magazine capacity of 30 rounds (9x19mm). Four years later, in 1942, George William Patchett presented his submachine gun to the Ordnance Board, and it was very similar to the Biwarip - no sights, no stock, perforated barrel and side-fed magazine. Patchett’s design evolved over nine years to become the Sterling L2A1 service submachine gun.