SOLD FOR: $2000
Make: Fabrique Nationale (FN). Venezuelan Contract Rifle.
Model: 1949 (FN49)
Serial Number: 4623
Year of Manufacture: 1949 – 1961
Caliber: 7x57mm (7mm Mauser)
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with the Venezuelan crest, “* / E” and with an “arrow” (2 Belgian proofs). The right side of the receiver and the right side of the top cover are both marked with the serial number. The right of the receiver is also marked “FABRIQUE NATIONALE D’ARMES DE GUERRE_HERSTAL BELGIQUE”. The top of the gas tube cap is marked “A”. The left side of the front sight is marked “7”. The right side of the butt is marked with a circular cartouche that reads “FUERZAS ARMADAS VENEZUELA” (forces armed Venezuela). The wood area in front of the magazine is marked with a circular stamp that contains cursive “letters”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 ½ inches to the end of the muzzle break.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a dovetail set, bladed post set between two protective ears. The rear sight is an aperture tangent sight marked form “1-10”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, metal nosecaps, barrel band, 2 sling loops and a ribbed metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes and discoloratioin from oxidation. The wood shows scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Most of these marks are light. 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.
Type of Finish: Black
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The lands are bright and the grooves are semi bright. The rifling is both deep and sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The muzzle break and trigger guard show light scrapes. The finish shows other scuffs & light handling marks. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a refinished magazine. Areas of oxidation and a dent along the bottom of the magazine show through the new finish. It shows light scrapes. It is in about Very Good Plus condition as refinished. 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 just the way the rifle magazine was designed; there is no defect.
The rifle also comes with an unmarked leather sling. It shows discoloration, surface creasing and a spew of fats & oils. Overall it is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This FN 49 was made in Belgium by Fabrique Nationale as a Contract Rifle for the Venezuelan Armed Forces. It has a great Venezuelan crest and nice deep markings on the metal. This Model 1949 even has a deep Venezuelan Armed Forces cartouche on the buttstock. This rifle looks great and is worthy of a place in your safe.