LITHGOW ARMS Listens to Consumers & Produces 1st Centerfire Rifle

Lithgow Arms

Lithgow Arms LA102 Crossover in .308 Winchester

Lithgow Arms is a small arms manufacturer located in Lithgow, New South Wales of Australia which surprises a lot of people. Not the ideal country to be manufacturing firearms, but they have been successful even still. They are primarily known for producing quality rimfire rifles as well as the Thales F90 which is similar to the more well known Steyr Aug rifle.

After consistent demand and success with their LA101 Crossover rifle in .22 Long Rifle they are now looking to expand. Graham Evenden, the head of Lithgow Arms, further explained their move into centerfire offerings:

Since launching Lithgow Arms we’ve had numerous requests to produce a centrefire rifle – and now we’re doing it. We really appreciate the support everyone has given the LA101, and we’re confident the new CrossOver will appeal to people who value durability, accuracy, and high-quality Australian manufacturing.

The first caliber to be offered is .308 Winchester with plans to add in .223 Remington and .243 Winchester very soon. With this announcement of centerfire calibers coming out they are also expanding their LA101 Crossover line into .22 WMR and .17 HMR at the same time.

Many American consumers may have never seen or handled a Lithgow Arms rifle before, but just by reading their specification sheet, you can tell quality is definitely present.

Lithgow Arms

Lithgow Arms LA102 Crossover rifle


From the free-floated stock, Cerakote finish, target crown, and adjustable trigger you have the makings of a great shooting rifle. This looks to be a move in the right direction for Lithgow Arms by making themselves a more complete firearm company.

To view the LA101 Crossover, LA102 Crossover, and other offerings from Lithgow Arms visit their website HERE.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • Dan Ladmore

    To confirm the LA102 rifles will accept after market Tikka T3 magazines such as the Lucky 13 Unimag pictured below, the muzzle threads on them are M14x1 RH

    • Tassiebush

      I’d wondered what magazine they’d use. I know the rimfires use cz compatible mags. The tikka t3 is their main competition in this space locally so it’s not a disadvantage. Perhaps it might have been wiser to go with a cheaper more prolific type but then again I don’t know if there are any potential hassles in some states using a gun part that is shared by a semi auto. At least lucky 13 is getting more available.

      • Goody

        Ar/fal/etc compatible mags are restricted in WA. 10 shots is plenty for a bolty anyway.

        • Tassiebush

          I thought WA might be an issue. I wasn’t thinking high capacity. I agree 10 is very adequate. More just being able to piggyback off the cheap mass magazine production but keeping it legal in all states and territories is paramount. Good thing is that being tikka mag compatible means the same after market options like David Waters and Lucky 13 can be used for both. Economy of scale may help owners of both.

  • borekfk

    Holding out hope for a L42 Enforcer.

    • Precious Mettle

      You’ll be holding out forever, because Lithgow never produced No.4 actions.

      • borekfk

        Then they can hire ex-AIA employees to learn how to or produce the No. 1, Mk. III* (HT) instead.

  • iksnilol

    I want to get one of these, throw some bits and bobs on it so it will look a bit apocalyptic. Paint on some rust spots and weather it a bit. Then shoot a kangaroo and emu with it and use ‘roo leather and emu feathers to make a sling and cheekpiece for it.

    That’d be my ‘straya concept rifle 😛

    • Calimero

      Feathers on a gun? Is that ‘straya or Liberace concept gun?

      Oh iksnilol! Oh you!

  • Twilight sparkle

    I wouldn’t say you can tell quality from a spec sheet, as a example sccy makes their handguns from pretty good materials that we’ve all heard of but when you handle them you can tell they don’t really belong near the top end of the tier for handgun manufacturers.

  • Rock or Something

    Yes, gun owners of Australia, fight the power.

    • Goody

      We just had an election with our major parties both getting a massive swing against them, the upper house will likely be hostile to whichever party forms government, too.

  • Anonymoose

    Military-grade steel, muzzle threads? BAN IT! BAN IT NOW!

  • Tassiebush

    To put this into a bit more context Lithgow has been producing rifles since at least the early 20th century with the SMLE and produced all subsequent Australian service rifles as well as catering for the civilian market for much of this time. somewhere along the line they stopped exited civilian market and continued to make the servive rifles. The crossover rifles are their re entry into the civilian market.

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  • Andrew Dubya

    I like it. Can anyone better versed describe why or why not we as American consumers could expect these imported at some point?

    • Benjamin Goldstein

      Because ITAR sucks….. And it would still be more expensive then the more common Remingtons, Winchesters etc…

  • David Underhill

    While the actual Lithgow factory is SMALL, Thales (Lithgow Arms PARENT) is a HUGE company. They also manufacture the excellent ADI powders that are also sold in USA as various HODGDON powders including the VARGET powder which is the goto powder for varmint rounds.

  • disqus_XlYouOiadt

    Good to see Oz making guns. With all due respect to their oppressed masses, maybe next time they’re threatened by the Asian hordes Australia’s Liberal rulers won’t have to appeal to the big bad United States for free guns and help.

  • Craig MacMillan

    in the market for a new rifle and this answered my question re: bigger mags. would buy it tomorrow if they did it more like a ruger scout (shorter barrel and flash hider)