Australian Self-Loading 7.62mm Rifle

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By Crusader1307

A misnomer, The Australian SURE was a gas-operated, shoulder fired Battle Rifle and Light Machine Gun, manufactured in Belgium for use by The Australian Army. First deployed in 1954, The SLR was the  principle issued weapon to Australian Forces in Vietnam. Weighting 10-pounds and 2-inches long, The SLR fired the 7.62mm round. It could be shoulder fired , Tri or Bi-pod mounted. It survived well in the Jungles of Southeast Asia. Popular with Australian soldiers who noted that The SLR provided more stopping power than The US M-16 Rifle, it remained in Service in Australia and Canada until 1984.