KAL1 General Purpose Infantry Rifle

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KAL1 General Purpose Infantry Rifle
Type Bullpup battle rifle
Place of origin  Australia
Production history
Designer Kevin Loughrey
Andrew Witt
Designed 1970–1973
Manufacturer Small Arms Factory Lithgow
Number built 1 (working 'mockup')
1 (unfinished prototype)
Variants KAL1(A)
KAL1(B)
Specifications
Weight 3.98 kg
Length 856 mm
Barrel length Same as L1A1 SLR

Cartridge 7.62×51mm NATO
Caliber 7.62mm
Action Gas-operated, tilting breechblock
Feed system 20-round detachable box magazine
Sights Iron sights

The KAL1 General Purpose Infantry Rifle (KAL1 GPIR) was an Australian bullpup rifle designed in the 1970s for jungle warfare following complaints about the weight and length of the L1A1 SLR rifles then in service with the Australian Army.[1] The design never entered service however, with the bullpup configured, optically sighted 5.56 mm F-88 Austeyr selected instead in 1989.[2]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ General Purpose Infantry Rifle Non Volatile Technologies Pty Ltd
  2. ^ Dennis et al 2008, p. 502.

References[edit]

  • Dennis, Peter et al. (2008). The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History (Second ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand. ISBN 978-0-19-551784-2.