SOLD FOR: $5500
Make: Fabrique Nationale (FN). Luxembourg Contract Rifle.
Model: 1949. FN 49 Sniper
Serial Number: 7128
Year of Manufacture: Early 1950’s
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked “AL”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a Belgian “* / Z” proof and with a Belgian proof that resembles an “arrow”. The right side of the receiver, right side of the bolt body, right side of the top cover, and the wood above the right side of the trigger are each marked with the serial number. The right side of the receiver is also marked “FABRIQUE NATIONALE D’ARMES DE GUERRE-HERSTAL-BELGIQUE”. The left side of the scope base is marked with a “flaming bomb”, “0” and 196. The top of the gas tube cap is marked “A”. The belly of the stock is marked with a “circle containing script letters”. The left side of the upper FN 49 scope mount is marked “E C HERKNER/ LITTLETON COLO”. The left side of the US Military Sniper Scope scope is marked “TELESCOPE M82” and with faded markings.
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 from “1-10”.
The left side of the receiver has a permanently attached raised scope mount. It holds the upper mount & scope. The upper scope mount is a commercial variation of the Military contract mount. The scope is a fixed 2.5 power M82 U.S. Sniper Scope. It uses a tapered post reticle. The glass appears clear and the adjustment knobs turn. The scope & upper mount have been refinished. They show scrapes & scratches and are in about Very Good Plus condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, raised cheek piece, finger grooves, metal nosecaps, barrel band, 2 sling loops and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage in the butt. The buttplate shows scrapes and thinning. The wood shows scrapes, light scratches and compression marks. Most of these marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 ¼ 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 refinished.
Type of Finish: Black
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The lands are bright. The grooves are semi bright, and the rifling is deep. There is a small amount of frosting in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of -2 (negative 2).
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes & scratches. Some have damaged or removed areas of the paint finish. The most prominent marks are on the barrel. The bolt shows light thinning consistent with cycling. The screw heads show moderate use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cocking indicator is located at the bottom front of the trigger guard. 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 an FN 49 scope mount and a U.S. M82 Sniper Scope; see above.
The rifle comes with a magazine that shows scrapes & small scratches. It is in about Very Good Plus condition. The rifle comes with a leather sling It shows light scrapes, surface creating and discoloration on the interior. It is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is Rare Luxembourg FN 49 Sniper is in nice shape. Luxembourg FN 49’s are chambered in .30-06 and marked distinctly on the top of the receiver with a large “AL”. This Sniper also has a permanently attached raised scope mount and a raised cheek piece. The rifle comes with a commercial variation of the upper scope mount and a U.S. M82 Sniper Scope. This FN 49 will add nicely to a Military collection.