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Post BELGIUM RIFLES
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FN-49 Egyptian 1950s contract rifles in 8mm mauser. Exceptionally well built rifle. Almost
ever part was milled from ordance steel making the rifle slightly more heavy.


FN-49. Last of the great elegant service Rifles.

For years, collectors of military rifles have puzzled over the variations of the FN-49 semiautomatic rifle. Manufactured only for a short time and used by only a few countries, it nevertheless holds an important place in firearms development as the predecessor and proving ground for the world-famous Fusil Automatique Leger, the FAL.
The SAFN-49 (Saive Automatique, Fabrique Nationale Modèle 1949 to give it its correct name) was developed at Fabrique Nationale in Herstal, Belgium in the mid-to late 1930s at exactly the same time as the American M1 Garand and the Soviet SVT38/40. Dieudonné J. Saive, the rifle's designer developed a tilting block system that locked the bolt against the breech by allowing it to drop down against a hardened steel step. But the Nazi attack on, and occupation of Belgium precluded its use in World War II where it surely would have ranked in importance with the M1 Garand and far ahead of the G41 and G43 German semiautomatic battle rifles that preceded the MP44.

Saive and members of his staff fled to England in 1940 and worked with British weapons designers during the war. In 1944, work resumed seriously on the new rifle, now designated the EXP1 and which was being seriously considered as a replacement for the Enfield No. 4 bolt action rifle. The allies liberated Belgium that autumn and shortly thereafter, the Belgian design team returned home to help repair the damage to the FN factory caused by the retreating Nazis. The new rifle was rechambered for the .30-06 cartridge but it proved too powerful for the gas system as it was then designed. By the time the problem was solved, the British had moved on to consideration of a British design. Undeterred, FN decided to market the new rifle as the SAFN- 49 in both semiautomatic and full automatic versions. They also produced a limited number of sniper rifles and a very few commercial sporting versions.

The SAFN-49 was manufactured for production in four calibers (.30-06, 7.92 mm Mauser, 7.65 mm Argentine and 7 mm Mauser. The rifles were purchased by Belgium, Luxembourg, the Belgian Congo, Indonesia, Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia and a few for testing in other countries. Less than 200,000 were sold before it was replaced in the FN line by the famed FAL. In the meantime, the new battle rifle served in the Korean War with the Belgian Brigade and in the civil wars that rocked Central Africa in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The first SAFN-49s to be imported into the United States appeared in the early 1960s and may have been the sporting versions in .30-06 caliber produced by FN from military contract overruns. These were sold through Browning Sporting Arms and represent the rarest of the SAFN-49 variations. Small quantities of SAFN-49s in .30-06 caliber marked AB (Armee Belgique) and AL (Armee Luxembourg) on the receiver ring were imported from time to time but the largest number appear to have been in 7.92 Mauser which were manufactured for the Egyptian Army. The 7 mm Mauser rifles manufactured for Venezuela have also appeared in quantity. In the mid-1990s, a few hundred SAFN-49s rebarreled to 7.62 mm NATO also appeared on the American market. These were Argentine Navy rifles which had been converted from 7.65 mm Argentine.
extract by J.Poyer.

SAFN-49 Sniper rifle. Fitted with FN factory- supplied telescopic sight, like all SAFN-49 rifles
exceptionally accurate as relible as the FN FAL which replaced it.


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17 Apr 2009 20:19
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FN-49 in 30-06 is supposed to be as reliable, rugged and slightly more accurate than the M1 Garand. Equipped with adjustable gas system allowing the use of different bullet weights other than std ball ammo. While iron sights are not as good as the Garands, it does allow scopes fitted in the usual manner over the receiver. Overall they can be considered an improved Garand with 10 round box magazine more complex in design than its replacement, the FN FAL


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A lovely STEEL and WOOD service arm.

Restricted in the RoI, but well worth getting one.
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30 Dec 2011 16:30
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My Venezuelan 7x57

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Friend of mine trying it out in competition.She liked it.
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26 Mar 2012 23:40
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Beautiful, but what is the funny-looking tube thing stuck on top - doesn't it get in the way of the sights? :lol:

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28 Mar 2012 20:23
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Latest Newfie Tactical Solar Powered flashlight.
Also doubles as camo stick holder.

:lol:

Seriously, Belgium OIP type 3 (Sociéte Belge d'Opique et d'Instruments de Précision.)
4x, inch tube, ocular 30mm± and objective ±28mm
1951-53
Used by Belgium and Luxembourg


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29 Mar 2012 12:13
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Ah, thort so, Carlos.

Such a nice little gun and in a great calibre, too. I have two 7x57 rifles/carbines, but you have to drive them yourself with a kind of bent tin thing with a handle on it that sticks out of the side that you wiggle around to extract the old case and insert a new one.

One was made in 1897 and the other in 1912.

Neither of them is fitted with the modern thing you note. ;)

Best

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29 Mar 2012 15:57
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what would the chances be of getting an fn49 here?id imagine licensing it would be very hard?


29 Mar 2012 18:21
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Does that rifle shoot as good as it looks.

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what would the chances be of getting an fn49 here?id imagine licensing it would be very hard?


matt888, Diopter is shooting his FN 49 on a range in Canada. Unlike here, that rifle may not be resrticted as it has a wooden stock..... There are small numbers of rifles licensed here similar to the 49. To license such a rifle will depend on a number of factors which have to do with the attitudes of a Chief Superintendent towards restricted firearms in their district. Your history of previous licensed firearms, should assist in their opinion of you and whether or not any non restricted firearm will do. Good reason why well explained may or may not be sufficient.


29 Mar 2012 18:59
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Blackadder wrote:
Does that rifle shoots as good as it looks.

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what would the chances be of getting an fn49 here?id imagine licensing it would be very hard?


matt888, Diopter is shooting his FN 49 on a range in Canada. Unlike here, that rifle may not be resrticted as it has a wooden stock..... There are small numbers of rifles licensed here similar to the 49. To license such a rifle will depend on a number of factors which have to do with the attitudes of a Chief Superintendent towards restricted firearms in their district. Your history of previous licensed firearms, should assist in their opinion of you and whether or not any non restricted firearm will do. Good reason why well explained may or may not be sufficient.


Why should it be a problem? - it is below the magic 8mm calibre figure...

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29 Mar 2012 19:27
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Can they be got Yes
Can they be licensed, well that depends on the 3 + 1 more possible requirement
1. What reason do you have to hold it i.e. why do you want it?
2. where are you going to use it?
3. Are you a person not dis-entitled under legislation to hold a firearm.
and the possible 4th is which Licensing Divisional Area you live in,

Yep it's restricted because of the fact it's a semi automatic center-fire rifle.

Pass all that and you can license the item.

Lovely classic rifle.


29 Mar 2012 20:45
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hmmm id also like an m1 carbine(use for gallery rifle),id prob get more use out of one,are they hard to get john?


29 Mar 2012 22:41
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Blackadder wrote:
Does that rifle shoot as good as it looks.


Short answer, better than it looks.

Before I needed bifocals I could regularly get 1 inch 5 shot groups at 100yds using the iron sight. Lot of bolt action guns are not that accurate.

The 30-06 and 8mm FN49s I have are good, but not as accurate as this one.
More wear and tear you know.


30 Mar 2012 01:54
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M1 Carbines
Yep there available as well

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30 Mar 2012 08:20
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Sadly - everything like this is prohibited here in UK since 1988.

I had a nice collection of semi-autos that would make even Carlos weep a bit.

Remember the Walther WA2000 in 7.62x51 AND .300Win Mag?

0051 was mine.

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Lot of bolt action guns are not that accurate.


Bolt action rifles from that period with one or two exception...struggle at replicating a 1 inch 5 shot groups like that, at 100yds. The 7x57 Mauser
- well balanced cartridge capable of exceptional accuracy.

http://www.gundigest.com/gun-collecting ... n-49-rifle

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WWII Saw the first widespread use of semi-automatic battle rifles. The U.S. M-1 Garand, Soviet SVT 38 & 40, and the German G-43 all saw action. There were other designs in use as well but they were not mass-produced or issued for general military use. Added to this history is another design that could have ended up on either side of the conflict but instead spent the war on the design table. I am referring to the Fabrique National model 1949 rifle. It is also known as an SAFN (semi-automatic Fabrique National) model of 1949.

It was actually designed just before the outbreak of WWII. Dieudonne Saive, chief design engineer at FN in the 1930s came up with the design for a self-loading rifle that used a fixed magazine. Unfortunately for Saive and FN, Germany occupied Belgium in May, 1940. Mr. Saive vowed he would never work for the Nazis or allow his design to fall into their hands. He fled Belgium, taking the plans for the design and several other FN engineers with him.

He ended up in England and went to work in the Royal Ordnance Corp Small Arms Design Unit. During this time the SAFN-49 design was perfected. A few prototypes were made but wartime production demands did not allow for diversion of resources to an un-tested project.........



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I'm not sure if the clips are hard to find but I think the photos give a good idea of the fabrique nationale quality,which in my opinion rivals the garand https://youtu.be/np31PVyZ1Gk


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