Lithgow No 1 .22 Rimfire Rifle

Accession Number REL32492
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Lithgow
Date made c 1955
Conflict Period 1950-1959
Period 1960-1969

Lithgow, single shot, .22 calibre rimfire, small game rifle made by the Small Arms Factory Lithgow during the 1950s. The rifle is a is a rear locking, single shot bolt action made from ordnance steel and featuring a wooden stock. The rifle features a manual cocking pice for ignition. The rear sight is an adjustable V leaf with 25 yard increments. The front sight is a post adjustable for windage. The rifle has a blued finish although there is spot rusting on the left side of the receiver and barrel. The wooden stock features an ambidextrous design. There is a large quick take-down screw in the stock forend and steel sling swivels are attached to the forend and buttstock. A commercial leather rifle sling is provided. Markings - MADE BY THE SMALL ARMS FACTORY LITHGOW NSW OF PROVED BARREL STEEL .22 LONG RIFLE MODEL NO 1.

History / Summary

The rifle belonged to Air Vice Marshal James Hilary Flemming who served with the Royal Australian Air Force during the Korean War and continued his career reaching the rank of Air Vice Marshal. After retiring from the RAAF, Air Vice Marshal Flemming became Director of the Australian War Memorial during the early 1980s.

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