Sticking to our guns: a troubled past produces a superb weapon

Australian Defence Force Military equipment Firearms Australia

Chris Masters delivers a cracking read about the ‘funny plastic weapon’ that replaced the Vietnam-era L1A1 assault rifle in the 1980s, the successors to which remain the ADF’s primary personal weapon. And what a history it is. Chris skilfully weaves the political, design, industrial, economic and battlefield factors that have driven decision-making about the weapon earlier known as the Steyr AUG, F88 and Austeyr and now known as the EF88.

As with earlier ASPI case studies on defence projects, Sticking to our guns is designed to help those in Defence, industry and parliament, and other interested observers, to better understand the complexities of the business, all with the aim of improving how Australia equips the ADF.

Publication Details


License type:
All Rights Reserved
Access Rights Type: