7/9/19 - This is a very nice example of a rare FN Model 1949 rifle that was part of an Argentine Navy contract. This is a non-import example that comes with three sister contract examples that will be listed concurrently on the Legacy site. The FN49 was designed by the Belgian manufacturer Fabrique Nationale before WWII; however, plans to produce the semi-automatic rifle were abandoned when the Germans occupied Belgium. Many FN engineers fled to England during the war and returned to Belgium when it was liberated by the allies in 1944. With their return to Belgium these engineers revitalized their plans for what would eventually become the FN49, (also known as the SAFN short for “semi-automatic FN”). While the FN49 was high quality in its time, it saw limited production and use because it did not come into production until after WWII and it eventually had to compete with the popular HK G3 and FN FAL rifles which utilized more modern technology. The FN49 was produced for 8 primary contracts. This particular rifle was produced as part of the 4th contract which was for 6,306 rifles for Luxembourg in 1951. The gun is all matching, including both the barrel and handguard. The receiver shows a proof of two flaming bombs between the digits '1' and '3', but not sure the significance. Stock is otherwise unmarked, but could be original to the gun giving the matching handguard. There is a notable chip on the bottom of the stock, where it meets the butt plate. There is thinning and patina throughout on the metal surfaces. The bore has strong rifling but notable frost throughout. This is a non-import example, and are not often found in such configuration. Having said all that, these four examples are the first we've offered and we are not experts on this model. If any of our followers or customers are more educated on these rifles, feel free to email us with any notes on them, or to ask any necessary questions.