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F1
Country of origin

Australia

Manufacturer(s)

Lithgow Small Arms Factory

Production began

1962

Production ended

1991

Weapon type

Submachine Gun

Caliber

9x19mm Parabellum

Action

Blowback

Weight empty

3.7kg

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

34 rounds

Cyclic rate

640rpm

Maximum effective range

200m


The 9 mm F1 was a standard Australian submachine gun manufactured by the Lithgow Small Arms Factory[1]. First issued to Australian troops in July 1963, it replaced the Owen machine carbine. The F1 was retired in the early 1990s and replaced by the F88C Austeyr, an Australian-built version of the Steyr AUG rifle with slight modifications. The F1 had a robust and simple design and proved useful in close-quarter fighting during the Vietnam War. Malaysia bought a small number of the F1 but this only totalled 28 in number.

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