SOLD FOR: $2126
Make: Fabrique Nationale (FN). Egyptian Contract
Model: 1949 (FN 49)
Serial Number: 34749
Year of Manufacture: 1949 to 1961
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with a “crown / Arabic script”, “asterisk / H” 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 right side of the bolt and the right side of the stock (above the trigger) are both marked with Arabic “numbers” that match the Arabic “numbers” on the receiver. The right side of the top cover is marked with Arabic “numbers” that do not match the Arabic numbers on the receiver. 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 rear sight is marked with Arabic “numbers”. The marking disk on the right side of the butt and the bottom of the grip are marked with Arabic characters. The right side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with an Arabic character next to the Arabic “numbers”.
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 hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, metal nosecaps, barrel band, 3 sling loops, and a brass buttplate with hinged door for storage. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Many of these marks have damaged small areas of the surface wood. The stock has been oiled. 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 overall condition.
Type of Finish: Black
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is light intermittent erosion in the grooves near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs, scrapes and small scratches. The most prominent marks are on the trigger guard. The screw heads show light 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.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a magazine. It shows scrapes and scratches. It is in about Very Good Plus 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. It was made as a contract rifle for the Egyptian Military sometime between 1949 and 1961. It has since been rebuilt. The top cover was replaced during the rebuild. This FN 49 looks great for a military rifle that is over 60 years old. The rifle has lots of deep Arabic markings on the metal & wood which add to its value. The rifle has a strong bore and can put 8mm downrange as fast as you can pull the trigger. Good luck.