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Old 07-18-2008
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Does anyone know about the rifle on the top?, I know of Sterling producing AR18's and the Engineers moving to Singapore to develop the SAR80, but what the hell is this Sterling SAR thing?. Never seen it before but im sure British troops would prefer it over the SA80.



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http://hk.geocities.com/guncobook/01.html

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The SAR (Sterling Assault Rifle) was jointly engineered by Sterling Armaments and Chartered Industries of Singapore in the early 1980s as an advanced version of the AR-18 for the export sales; it was also introduced to the British Armed Forces, who sacked it because they were already in the process to adopt the L85-A1 manufactured by the Enfield state arsenal. Too bad, 'cause the SAR was a sound design, the robust, tried-and-true AR-18 with the versatility of the M-16; it could also be switched from 5'56x45mm to 9mm by changing barrel and bolt assembly, to provide a "machine-carbine" for Police forces. Sterling Armaments tried to push the rifle, renamed SAR-87, for some more year, but then, at the end of the 1980s, it was bought out by the British government and closed; the reason for this move is that the British authorities basically didn't wanted a national firearms industry. Less than 100 SAR-87 rifles were ever manufactured, AFAIK. I don't know where you could ever find a sample of it.

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I have found two scans of an old Ian Hogg book ("Small Arms of the World", I think), with a description of the Sterling LAR, the forerunner of the SAR-87.


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