SOLD - Scarce, Minty FN Model 1949 - Egyptian Contract

Type: M1949
Maker: FN
Caliber: 8mm
Condition: 98%
Bore: 9/10
Year: 1950s
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5/21/21 - This is a minty example of an FN Model 1949 rifle that was part of an Egyptian military contract.  This is a non-import example with hardly any finish loss.  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 for the second contract which brought 37,641 FN49 rifles to Egypt in 1949.  Many rifles in this contract were used in Suez Crisis in 1956.  As with all Egyptian contract FN49s, this rifle is chambered for 7.92x57mm Mauser.  The receiver, stock and barrel are matching serials in Arabic numerals (see photos).   Markings, including the Egyptian crest, are sharp and clear on the receiver.  The stock is in excellent condition, with original stock disk present.  Many of these rifles were imported by Century Arms but this does not appear to be one of those imports, as there are no import marks, and the original butt plate and disk are present. Excellent bore.
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Condition 98%
Bore 9/10
Caliber 8mm
Maker FN
Year 1950s
Type M1949