SOLD FOR: $2247
Make: Fabrique Nationale (FN), Belgium. Luxembourg Contract Rifle.
Model: 1949 (FN 49)
Serial Number: 2855
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” (Armee Luxembourg). The right front of the receiver is marked with Belgian proofs. The left side of the receiver, the left side of the top cover and left side of the bolt are each marked with the serial number. The left side of the receiver is marked “flaming bomb” and “1”. The left side of the receiver is marked “FABRIQUE NATIONALE D’ARMES DE GUERRE-HERSTAL-BELGIQUE”. The top of the gas tube cap is marked “A”. The belly of the stock is marked with a faded “circle containing script letters”.
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”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, metal nosecaps, barrel band, two sling loops, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage in the butt. The buttplate shows scratches and discoloration. The top rear of the butt shows a repair. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. The most prominent marks are on the left side of the forearm. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as refurbished
Type of Finish: Black Gun Paint
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and erosion in the bore. The bore shows an M.E. of -0.7 (negative 0.7).
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish. The metal shows several scrapes & scratches which have removed areas of the paint finish. The exposed metal shows discoloration from oxidation. The screw heads show moderate use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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.
The cocking indicator is located at the bottom front of the trigger guard.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a 10 round magazine. It appears to function correctly. The rifle has an unmarked leather sling attached. A metal oiler tube containing cleaning gear is stored in the butt.
Our Assessment: This Rare Luxembourg contract FN 49 was produced by Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Belgium. It is chambered in .30-06. It is estimated that less than 10,000 were produced in this contract. The rifle has nice deep markings that include “AL” (Armee Luxembourg) as well as matching part numbers on the receiver, top cover, and bolt. This FN 49 looks impressive and will add to your Military collection. It should be lots of fun out at the range too.