Australia – Military rifles and machine guns on offer to RSLs and museums for preservation

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today released a Request for Offer (RFO) for up to 90 L1A1 Self Loading Rifles (SLRs) and 40 M60D Machine Guns.

The items will be open for sale to museums, returned services associations, military heritage and other historical organisations as exhibits for static display.

“These military weapons have played an important role in our history, and it is important that they are preserved,” Minister Clare said.

“The M60D Machine Guns were fitted to Iroquois helicopters during the Vietnam War.

“The SLRs were also used in Vietnam by most field units of the Australian Army.

“More recently they have been used in a ceremonial role by the Australian Federation Guard.”

A number of these items will also be retained within Australian Army History Units and the Australian War Memorial.

All items must be demilitarised as a condition of sale.

Copies of the Request for Offer are available through the AUSTENDER website with reference DMOFD/RFO183/2011 for the M60D Machine Guns and reference DMOFD/RFO184/2011 for the SLRs.

Queries relating to the RFO documents should be directed to the AUSTENDER helpdesk by phone: 1300 651 698, or email:

Queries in relation to the offer can be made to the Defence Disposals Agency at or phoning on 02 9393 2914.

The Request for Offer will close on 17 January for the M60D Machine Guns and on 23 January for the SLRs.

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia

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