SOLD FOR: $3477
Make: Fabrique Nationale (FN) Belgium. Israeli contract.
Model: 52. A single shot K98 Mauser .22 Training Rifle.
Serial Number: 1682
Year of Manufacture: 1952
Caliber: .22LR (.22 Long Rifle)
Action Type: Single Shot, Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import. The top of the receiver is marked with the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) crest. The left side of the receiver is marked with a small stamping and “FAB. NAT. D’ARMES DE GUERRE HERSTAL-BELGIQUE”. The right side of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The barrel shank is marked with 2 Belgian proofs that include “crown / E / LG in an oval”. The bolt handle is marked with the serial number. The bolt handle and bolt head are marked with small “crowned” stampings. The right side of the buttstock is marked “0.22”. The belt buckle and sling are both marked with a “circled Hebrew character”. The sling is also marked “2804-0252”. The Mk. 1A Knife Bayonet is marked with 4 lines of “Hebrew characters” at the base of the blade. The pommel is marked “25071”. The scabbard frog stud and the top front of the scabbard are marked with “Hebrew characters”. The belt frog is marked “38”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 3/4 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set atop a raised base and under a removable hood. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade attached to a sliding sight escalator marked “25 – 200” in increments of 25.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, scallop for the bolt handle, nosecap with bayonet lug, hole for the missing cleaning rod, barrel band with sling loop, through bolt, sling well, sling pass through and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes & scratches. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Several have damaged small portions of surface wood. Most of these marks have been oiled or have darkened with age. The LOP measures 13 1/8 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi bright and the rifling is crisp. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up some. There is light erosion at the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs, scrapes and some small scratches. The most prominent marks are on the front of the barrel. The bottom metal shows light discoloration from oxidation. The screw heads show use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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.
The bayonet mounts the rifle properly.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with an Israeli Mk. 1A Knife Bayonet, Scabbard and Belt Frog. The metal shows scrapes, scratches, small dents and surface erosion. The leather shows scrapes, discoloration and creasing. The bayonet and belt frog are in Very Good condition. The scabbard is in Good condition.
The rifle also comes with an Israeli K98 sling. It shows scrapes, light discoloration and creasing. It is in Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This rare Israeli FN Model 52 Mauser was made by Fabrique Nationale (FN) as Israeli Training Rifle. It mimics the FN Short Rifle which was chambered in 7.62 NATO and the K98 which was chambered in 8mm. It is in nice shape with a deep & crisp Israeli Defense Force (IDF) crest on the receiver. Only 2000 of these .22 Trainers were produced by FN. Israel received 1000 and South Africa received the remaining rifles. The rifle comes with an Israeli K98 sling and with an Israeli Mk. 1A Knife Bayonet, Scabbard & Belt Frog.