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    FN help

    I could use some help on my FN. I think it's a '49(?), but I know nothing else about it. I'm going to post a dozen photos and see what the experts think. Not sure on the crest...Venezuelan? or caliber. 7.62?
    Anything would be a start.
    Thanks in advance
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    Venezulean FN-49. Should be in 7mm Mauser.

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    Looks to be in very good order, let us know she shoots.

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    Those are such a nice looking rifle...and that one too.
    Regards, Jim

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    Adding to the above, that's a nice place you have there too.


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    Thanks for all the replies gents. All the feedback is helpful.

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    Nice rifle and much sought after.
    This piece and others on the internet on the FN-49 worth reading. Not to be confused with the Egyptian version!!

    FN SAFN-49 - Modern Firearms
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    It's an interesting rifle and it might have become the UK's first semi automatic rifle.

    FN designers ran out the back door of the FN design office as the Germans came in the front door. They escaped to Englandicon and set up shop at Enfield, were they continued work on what became the Fn49.

    Several prototypes were built and tested at Enfield, showing great promise.

    With the war's end, the UK based project ran out of steam and we carried on using the No4 for another 10 years until we finally adopted the Fn49's direct descendent.

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    thanks for your comment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    Not to be confused with the Egyptian version!!
    Here's one I prepared earlier Gil .... The Hikem, developed from the Swedishicon Ag42.

    An interesting beast with a passing resemblance to the Fn49.

    I owned this example a few years ago now before selling it on, direct gas impingement action, chambered in 7.92mm and beautifully made. It would have been a hard hitting rifle, though you can't but wonder how long it would have remained operational in desert conditions without jamming.
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