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Lot 503: Fabrique Nationale - 1949 Or Safn 49-Rifle

Auction Date: April 13, 2018

Exceptional Fabrique Nationale Venezuelan Contract Model 1949 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,200 - $1,800

Exceptional Fabrique Nationale Venezuelan Contract Model 1949 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Manufacturer: Fabrique Nationale
Model: 1949 Or Safn 49-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 7x57/ 7mm Mauser
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: black anodized
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 178
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured by FN Herstal of Belgium under military contract from the nation of Venezuela. There were a total of approximately 8,000 of these Venezuelan contract rifles produced in two orders. The top of the receiver is stamped with the "Venezuelan Crest", and the right side of the receiver is marked" "FABRIQUE NATIONALE D' ARMES DE GUERRE_HERSTAL BELGIQUE" followed by serial number, "5268," which is also stamped on the action cover. The left side of the receiver ring has the correct Belgian factory proofs. With a walnut pistol grip stock with a two-piece top handguard. The buttstock has two cartouches: a small circular cartouche is stamped in front of the trigger guard that has the intertwined letters "LR" inside and a second larger circular cartouche on the right side of the buttstock that is marked "FUERZAS ARMADAS VENEZUELA". It retains its original six-slotted flash hider and a ten-shot box magazine. This rifle is consecutively serial numbered to the previous lot.

Rating Definition:

Excellent plus, as issued overall. 99% original black anodized finish remains with only light handling marks and just a few small scattered dings on the excellent wood. Mechanically excellent.

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