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Last Enfield - SA80: The Reluctant Rifle Hardcover – December 1, 2003
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In typical Collector Grade fashion, this book presents the entire, in-depth story of its subject firearm, in this case the controversial British SA80, right from the founding of what became the Royal Small Arms Factory (RSAF) Enfield in the early 1800s; briefly through two World Wars with Enfield at the forefront of small arms production for British forces; and covering the adoption of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge in 1954 and the L1A1 rifle in 1957. That's where this book begins to differ from the normal saga of a successful small arms development, for even though the SA80 has been the issue small arms system of the British Armed Forces for almost twenty years, the controversies surrounding it have never let up.
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Beautifully written and illustrated, I feel that the disastrous management and government officials who destroyed Enfield Small Arms in the process and nearly allowed this rifle to fail completely, should not have escaped incarceration.