Thanks for the info.[b said:Quote[/b] (jdw @ Feb. 04 2006,17:16)]The L102A1 is a matte, parkerized-type finished P5 Compact. It was issued to/procured as a personal protection weapon (PPW) for the Royal Ulster Defence Regiment (now merged into the Royal Irish Brigade) and the Royal Irish Constbulary. It may also have been issued to some RAF pilots.
I do not agree that it was a "Special Forces" gun, although that is a very widely held belief. I suspect some plainclothes SAS personnel used them in Northern Ireland, and this may have started the idea.
I have seen some P5C boxes marked L102A1 despite the fact that the guns they belonged to were standard P5C models.
In either form, they are excellent guns, in my opinion.