There have been few rifles more attention getting than the Lee Enfield based rifles from AIA in Australia. Concrete information has at times been hard to find, so here’s a picture and information profile from their web site in March 2010.
A quick summary of the differences between these and Lee Enfields is; caliber 7.62 NATO, a heavier and simplified receiver, teak wood work, hard chrome alloy barrels reputedly from a US military rotary gun. Owners report good accuracy and are happy with their rifles, although buyers report they can be difficult to locate in a retail outlet. The makers, located in Queensland, Australia, if they respond to emails, can steer buyers to stores that have them for sale. Overall a slightly pricey rifle whose quality and buyer satisfaction is rated high.
They are sometimes available,2011, at Lawrence Ordnance, Sydney, and Marstar, Canada.
M10-A1 – 508mm barrel, Jungle Carbine style. 7.62mm M43 Russian rimless, 10-rd. mag. Flash hider, adjustable foresight elevation & windage, dual rear aperture 100, 300m. Provision for Picatinny rail to fit ‘scope.
M10-A2 – 410mm barrel, Jungle Carbine style. 7.62mm M43 Russian rimless, 10-rd mag Flash hider, adjustable foresight elevation & windage, dual rear aperture 100, 300m. Grooved, flat fore-end, provision for ‘scope.
No.4 & No.4(T) – 7.62 NATO, 10-rd. Parkerized finish on standard model. Adjustable frontsight, elevation & windage, dual rear aperture at 200, 400m. Provision for steel Picatinny rail to fit telescopic sight.
No.4 Mk 4 SL – 7.62mm NATO. 22-in. barrel rather than 25.2-in. normal. B1 metal on T05A or T06 action body. Shorter overall in barrel & fore-wood. Adjustable foresight for elevation, windage, dual rear aperture at 200 & 400m. Rifle club model, QMRC Commemorative. Provision for Picatinny steel rail to fit tele- scopic sight.
M10-B1 – 7.62 NATO. 560mm barrel, medium weight, sporter configuration, 10-rd, magazine. Adjustable foresight for elevation, windage, dual rear aperture for 200 & 400 metres. Picatinny steel rail to mount telescope.
M10-B2 - ‘The top of the line model’, 7.62 NATO, 640mm heavy barrel a la L42A1. Steel blue-black finish, teak hardwood stock with chamfered edges, hand oiled. Adjustable foresight, elevation & windage. 10-rd. box magazine like US M14. ‘L’ aperture for 200 & 400 metres. Comes with Picatinny steel rail for ‘scope sight. Option military butt & cheekrest like L42.
Features; For the true enthusiast, the Picatinny rail will mount quality Leupold, Kahles, S&B, Hensoldt and military 26mm diameter tube telescopes, night sights, Harris bipod, &c. Free add-on kit… spare magazine steel Picatinny rail trigger guard sling swivel
Features: 4-groove hard chrome chordal rifling, hard chrome chamber, recessed muzzle crown. Accessories: Rifles come with spare magazine, steel Picatinny rail (both numbered to rifle), trigger guard sling swivel, front sight adjusting tool, &c. Options: US Pattern sniper sling (in buffalo hide), cheekpiece, Monte Carlo stock.
Gander Mountain; http://www.gandermountain.com/……. Have sold AIA’s in the past, USA.
MarStar Canada; http://www.marstar.ca/index.shtm …….. Dealer for AIA Enfields, Canada.
Wolverine Supplies; http://www.wolverinesupplies.com/……. Dealer for AIA Enfields, Canada.
Armalon; http://www.armalon.com/public/products/item/6/ ….. Very nice new made Re-makers of No4 enfields in .223 and .30 ;UK
Gun Accessory.com; http://www.gunaccessory.com/IOF/315_rifle.htm ….. New made Lee Enfields from Indian Govt. factory in .315.