AAA SAP – Another Offspring of Charles St. George’s Leader T2

    Aftermath Gun Club has posted images of the Leader T2-derived AAA SAP pistol on its firearms identification site ID.Gun.FM. The Leader T2 was not a commercial success, resulting in the dissolution of Charles St. George’s company Armtech Pty Ltd in 1983. The patents were subsequently sold off to the Australian Automatic Arms company (AAA) who produced Leader derivatives in 16.25″, 10.5″ carbine, and a 10.5″ pistol variant. The latter, called the SAP, was imported to the United States for a brief time.


    The AAA SAP. The owner of this weapon apparently has two bolt carriers, as there appears to already be one in the rifle. Image source:



    The AAA SAR, top, compared to the Leader T2, bottom. Note the lack of carry handle, 30 round magazine, and the birdcage flash hider of the SAR. Image source:



    All AAA weapons lack the carry handle of the Leader T2. Weirdly, the AAA gunsappear to have different bolt configurations. The original Leader T2 has the characteristic triangular bolt, while the AAA Sporting Purpose rifle has a classic Stoner-Johnson type bolt:


    However, the pistol variant SAP has a strange hybrid bolt configuration:


    The AAA SAP bolt compared to the Leader T2’s bolt. The SAP has an odd triangular bolt configuration with two elliptical feed lugs. The bolt face is also left in the white, for an unknown reason. Image soure:


    A handy photo of the SAP’s bolt carrier compare to three other weapons’ illustrates some of the unique features of the Leader and its derivatives:


    Bolt carriers compared. Note the reversed cam pin rotation direction of the two Leader designs. Also note the chromed bolt of the Sterling AR-180 and the additional underlug of the SCAR 16S – both reliability enhancing features. Image source:


    Bigbigblue10 uploaded a shooting video of the AAA SAP, embedded below:

    Three years ago, Forgotten Weapons posted an interview with Charles St. George, designer of the Leader T2 (and by extension the AAA SAP):

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    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]