Make: Fabrique National (FN)
Model: Model 1949 (FN49)
Serial Number: 4123
Year of Manufacture: 1949 – 1961
Caliber: 7x57mm (7mm Mauser)
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with the Venezuelan crest, “* / L” and with an “arrow” (2 Belgian proofs). The right side of the receiver and the right side of the top cover are both marked with the serial number. The right of the receiver is also marked “FABRIQUE NATIONAL D’ARMES DE GUERRE_HERSTAL BELGIQUE”. The top of the gas tube cap is marked “A”. The left side of the front sight is marked “72”. The right side of the butt is marked with a circular cartouche that reads “FUERZAS ARMADAS VENEZUELA” (armed forces Venezuela). The wood area in front of the magazine is marked with a circular stamp that contains cursive “letters”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 ½ inches to the end of the muzzle break.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a dovetail set, bladed post set between two protective ears. The rear sight is an aperture tangent sight marked form “1-10”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece semi gloss finished stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, metal nosecaps, barrel band, two sling swivels and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes and spots of pin prick surface erosion. The rear of the buttstock shows areas of discoloration. The wood shows scrapes on the left side below the receiver and on the left side of the hand guard. There are various other light scrapes and compression marks on the wood. The LOP measures 13 1/8 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Black
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The lands are bright. The grooves are semi bright. The rifling is both deep and sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The front of the muzzle break shows small scrapes. The finish shows other light handling marks. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent 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.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with one magazine that shows scuffs & light scrapes. It is in about Fine 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 just the way the rifle magazine was designed, there is no defect.
Our Assessment: This is one Fine FN 49. It has a great Venezuelan crest and nice deep markings on the metal. This Fabrique Nationale Model 1949 even has a deep Venezuelan Armed Forces cartouche on the buttstock. It is very worthy of a place in your safe.
Some basics from Wikipedia: “The Fabrique Nationale Model 1949 (often referred to as the FN-49 or SAFN) is a semi-automatic rifle designed by Dieudonné Saive and manufactured by Fabrique Nationale. It was used by the militaries of Argentina, Belgium, the Belgian Congo, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Luxembourg, and Venezuela. While well regarded for its high build quality and reliability in comparison to the rifles of the time, its marketability was limited, as it was not developed in time for use in World War II but later, as many militaries had already begun the switch to selective fire assault rifles. As a result, it found itself in direct competition with a number of more modern rifles such as the Heckler & Koch G3 and Fabrique Nationale de Herstal’s own FN FAL, resulting in limited sales.”