• Fusil Automatique Modele 49

    Fusil Automatique Modele 49
    .......also known as SAFN (Semi-automatic FN) or FN-49
    (Mfg. by Fabrique National D'Armes De Guerre, Herstal, Belgium)


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    Operating Mechanism ....... Gas operated semi-automatic
    Calibre.............................. 7.92x57mm (also mfg. in .30-06, 7x57mm, 7.65x53mm)
    Barrel Length.................... 23.2 in.(589mm)
    Rifle Length....................... 44.0 in.(1110mm)
    Weight.............................. 9.48 lbs (4.3 Kg)
    Magazine capacity............. fixed 10 round box (pinned to 5), loaded via two 5 round chargers, or with single cartridges
    Qty mfg............................ Unknown

    Sources.....................Fabrique National D'Armes De Guerre (Original Rifle Manual)

    Canadian Market Value Estimate: $


    Fusil Automatique Modele 49

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    FN-49 Self Loading Rifle Manual (53 Pages) (Fabrique National D'Armes De Guerre, Herstal, Belgium)



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    1. reded69's Avatar
      Gun Geek Facts:
      Joe Poyer's SAFN-49 article from Surplus Firearms Vol VII(2000) says(regarding production numbers):
      176,267 produced in all. Breaking that number down by caliber and purchaser we have:

      125,072 in .30-06 for Belgium,Belgian Congo,Luxembourg*,Dutch East Indies(Indonesia),Columbia,Brazil

      8003 in 7x57mm Mauser for Venezuela

      5541 in 7.65x54mm Mauser for Argentina

      37,641 in 7.92/8mm Mauser for Egypt

      plus a few test models:

      5 in 6.5x55mm for Sweden, 1 in 7.5x54mm for France**,1 in 7.62 NATO for US**

      *Of the 10,000 Luxembourg SAFN-49s, 5000 were semi-auto only and 5000 were selective fire ABLs.Guess Luxembourg got tired of being invaded.

      **I think these test rifles were ordered as more of a comparison study or courtesy than a serious search for an alternative foreign rifle design. The French were set on their MAS 49/56 and the US on the M14.