SOLD FOR: $1025
Make: Fabrique Nationale (FN). Egyptian Contract
Model: 1949 (FN 49)
Serial Number: 27688
Year of Manufacture: 1949 to 1961
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the barrel reads “CAI ST ALB VT / M49 7.92”. The top of the receiver is marked with a “crown / Arabic script”, “asterisk / E” and with a Belgian proof that resembles an “arrow”. The right side of the receiver is marked with Arabic “numbers”, the serial number and “FABRIQUE NATIONALE D’ARMES DE GUERRA_HERSTAL BELGIQUE”. The rear of the top cover is marked “asterisk / H” and with a Belgian proof that resembles an “arrow”. The gas tube cap is marked with Arabic script. The front sight is marked “6,6” on the left and “0” on the right. The rear sight is marked with Arabic “numbers”. The bottom of the grip is marked “H”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 23 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post set between two protective ears. The rear sight is an aperture tangent sight marked in Arabic.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The oil finished wood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, metal nosecaps, barrel band, two sling loops, and a brass buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows small dents, small scratches, and oxidation. The left front of the forearm and top rear of the butt show repairs. The stock is missing surface wood above the right finger groove. This area has been sanded smooth. The wood shows several scrapes & scratches. Most of these marks have been finished over. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Blue, Black Gun Paint
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The grooves are dark and the rifling is deep. There is erosion in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The barrel and receiver show several light thin scratches from aggressive cleaning. They also show small scratches, varying degrees of thinning and varying degrees of discoloration. The remaining metal shows light scrapes & handling marks. The screw heads show use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a magazine. It shows scrapes, thin scratches, areas of thinning and a few dents. It is in about Very Good condition.
The hull, spring and follower are designed as one unit but the follower pops out of the hull when removed from the rifle. Magazines can only be loaded when in the rifle. This is the way the rifle magazine was designed; there is no defect.
Our Assessment: This FN 49 was made in Belgium by Fabrique Nationale for the Egyptian Military sometime between 1949 and 1961. It has since been rebuilt. The Arabic markings on the metal are still deep. This is a rifle for the collector who loves to shoot. An 8mm semi auto should be a lot of fun out at the range.