Sold for $2181.31
Make: Fabrique Nationale (FN), Belgium. Colombian Contract Rifle.
Model: 1949 (FN 49)
Serial Number: 0440. Only 1000 FN 49 rifles were produced for Colombia.
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 with the Colombian crest surrounded by “COLOMBIA / FUERZAS MILITARES”. The left front of the receiver is marked with Belgian proofs. The right side of the receiver, right side of the top cover, right side of the bolt carrier and right side of the bolt are each marked with the serial number. The right 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 bottom of the magazine is marked “0050”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 1/2 inches to the end of the muzzle break.
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 corrugated metal buttplate. Both sides of the grip show repaired cracks. The wood shows scrapes, scratches, compression marks and areas of discoloration. 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 to Fine overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Black Gun Paint
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The grooves are gray. The rifling is deep. There is erosion in the bore. It is more prominent in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scuffs, small scrapes and light handling marks. The screw heads show use. The markings on the metal range from deep to well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition as refinished.
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 refinished 10 round magazine. The bottom shows scrapes and an area of pin prick surface erosion. It appears to function correctly.
It also comes with a metal oiler tube that contains a pull through weighted thong and a pull through brush.
Our Assessment: This Rare Colombian contract FN 49 was produced by Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Belgium in the early 1950’s. It is number 0440 of only 1000 FN 49 rifles ordered by Colombia. It is chambered in .30-06. The rifle has good markings that include the Colombian crest as well as matching part numbers on the receiver, top cover, bolt carrier and bolt. This FN 49 looks great and will add to your Military collection. It should be lots of fun out at the range too. Good luck.