Photos Of The Lithgow Arms LA101 CrossOver

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Last week I blogged about the Lithgow Arms LA101 CrossOver, Australia’s first production rifle in four decades. A Australian kindly gave us permission to publish the below photos.

The rifle will be going on sale for under $1000 Australian Dollars (~$950 USD) including tax, which is a little more than I believe the US consumers would be willing to bear if it was exported. An equivalent rifle, the CZ 455 Varmint Tacticool sells for about $530 (excluding sales tax).

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Thales / Winchester product image.

 

 

 

 

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Bolt knob is rubberized.

 

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It uses CZ magazines.

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I like the look of this rifle. I like the idea of a rubberized bolt handle and am pleased to see they are not trying to come up with yet another .22 magazine design (that would almost certainly not work well). The price is a little more than I would be willing to pay, but from what I understand the Australians are used to high firearm prices.

Many thanks to Burp at Shooting.com.au for the photos and Nigel for his help.




Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Dchil15

    “The price is a little more than I would be willing to pay, but from what I understand the Australians are used to high firearm prices.”

    We certainly are, mosins go from anywhere between $300 and $1000 Australian on the current market.

    • Dchil15

      And the lowest i’ve ever seen a firearm sold for was $100 and it was a single barrel H&R style shotgun.

      • lolinski

        Does anyone of you know importers (specifically for Gun City NZ)? I presume you are in Australia or New Zealand. I was wondering since does anybody know the price of a Izmash TIGR from the factory? I know you can get them from Gun City NZ for 4000 $ NZ Dollars, but import to Australia would be too far compared to the fact that Russia is right next to me.

    • Falcon

      1k for a MOSIN? I feel sorry for ya.

      • Dchil15

        Along with every accessory it was issued with and numbers matching.

  • Burp

    Hi, thanks for using my pics. Chances are, if exported the cost would need to be reduced to be competitive in the US. However, a .223 and .308 are coming up that might be more interesting than ‘yet another’ bolt action .22.

    • mikee

      Regarding the .223 and .308. A contact has expressed the view that the upcoming centrefires have allegedly been influenced by the Steyr SSG 69 design. It may be a rear locker with a press fit barrel.

  • K

    The bolt face looks exactly like a CZ’s. So does the magazine.

  • lolinski

    I dont want to be rude but 1000 USD (which translates to about 6000 NOK) when I can get a used CZ 452 or 455 for 2000 or 3000 NOK with scope and suppressor. I am in Norway so suppressors are cool with the government. Seems way too expensive for me.

    • Dallas Tx

      those Ozzies are tough their guns will be tuff too son

  • Tom – UK

    Part of the reason for the high price is that Australia’s economy is doing VERY well at the moment. Their wages are increasing rapidly, their firearm prices are above average in particular too because of the distance between them and major surplus countries eg. Europe/Russia/America and because of strict laws making imported goods highly taxed to encourage home production.

    • Joel

      Tom, i wish it were true about the economy. We get gouged on price because we are far away from anywhere (which sometimes has its benefits) and only a very small market. Our economy MIGHT do alright if we get the needed change of government in September.

    • Drop

      That and the donkey choking amount of pointless bureaucracy that nip away profits like crazy.

  • Mike F Di

    meh.. not feelin’ it
    gimme a CZ anyday

  • StevenB

    A new CZ in Australia isn’t much cheaper. CZ also don’t have a stainless 22

  • MOG

    Pass.

  • Simon

    iv actually handled one at shot show (serial 00001) and i do say it was of the utmost quality makes my cz 452 look like old rusted war bring back.
    the stock is the same material as the aus f88 and the action is stainless and id say it comes in at about maybe 1-2kg at max

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

    This was sent from a reader in Australia:

    We actually aren’t use to these high prices. Since the US Department of State buggered exports royally to Australia – the larger importers have been muscling over the smaller ones. With little competition the importers and distributors make their own pricing. Rule of thumb is add 30% to the MAXIMUM recommended retail price… that is the wholesale price. Add then transport and shop % – you thus have high prices. What has added hugely to cost is the snappy US distribution rights. We here in Australia were the no1 importers of CZ rifles from the CZ republic for many years – then the US decided it wanted exclusive rights… so now we add extra shipping and profit via the USA – so it has doubled the prices in some cases of CZ rifles. Fair ..no. This new .22lr is suggested $100 to $895 rrp at this stage, only because OLIN/ Winchester Australia have snapped up the distribution rights. Again they will decide what we will pay, frankly Winchester Australia have the service expected from a 3rd world country at best sometimes. You hope for the best from them. I am still trying to get ammunition from them for 2 years – and no reply still …. So with a $1000 rifle – about $400 too much for this Australian – good luck. We sold our arms industry to Thales and now we can’t buy ammunition from them or rifles until now… plastic stocks and rubber handles gives me a cold damp feeling.

    • mikee

      Precisely! In general, the Australian consumer gets gouged by large multinationals in all manner of goods and services, petrol, cars, spare parts, building supplies etc., to name but a few. Free trade agreements may have benefitted large multi-national retailers but has not had the flow on affects to smaller operators which often struggle to make ends meet and are bound by distribution caveats.

  • Dallas Tx

    this thing is an Australian, coalition of the willing, man of steel stuff. It is no B–sh__t tough, it is the next corvette of the firearms world, y’all need to buy a copy to show the ozzies we hang tough with them, man they fight with us, good guys, make good stuff…put my club down for 10 of em

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Wetta/45709501 Matt Wetta

    Australian prices are outrageous because 1, they are out of the way for importation of materials. 2. Their labour laws are incredibly disastrous for business, too high min wage. 3 too many regulations imposed on firearms manufacturing and ammo.

    In the US you can buy ammo anywhere from anywhere with no real restrictions, so competition and supply are kept up to demand for the most part. I can go to walmart and get a pack of .22LR for 1.70$ per 50 and checkout like it was bubble gum.

    Ammo is a rare commodity in Australia.

    Australia makes good quality steel and goods. I would be willing to buy one in 300 Win mag, They can also sell the design or find an importer like Winchester to sell them in America. I think it’s great they are getting weapons back in Aus.

    We are all in this together because America is barely keeping our guns alive. As it is Cities and States practically ban them.

    • Bradley

      Outback ammo which is great, is $50 here for 20 rounds of .308 and $30 in the us so tell me why do we pay more?? the same reason we pay almost twice the price to digitally download something

  • Nigel