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Lot 490: Fabrique Nationale Belgian Army Type D Sales Sample Machine Gun

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Scarce Fabrique Nationale Belgian Army Type D Class III/NFA "Sales Sample" Machine Gun with Extra Barrels

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $12,000

Scarce Fabrique Nationale Belgian Army Type D Class III/NFA "Sales Sample" Machine Gun with Extra Barrels

Manufacturer: Fabrique Nationale
Model: MODD
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 21 inch round
Finish: black/gray
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 1950
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 340
Class: Class III

Manufactured in Belgium for issue to the Belgian Army, the Type D Light Machine Gun is an evolution of the Browning Automatic Rifle. While following the overall pattern of the BAR, the Type D also includes a "Monitor" style pistol grip, a rate of fire reduction mechanism in lieu of a semi-automatic selector position, and a quick-detach barrel arrangement. The detachable barrels resolve one of the big handicaps of the BAR in the squad automatic weapon role, permitting much longer durations of sustained fire than a single, fixed, air-cooled barrel without adding excessive weight. Blade front and tangent rear sights, with multiple struck-out numbers and a Liege proof on the barrel, the FN address on the left side of the receiver, and "crown/L/ABL/1951" on top of the receiver. A Birmingham "crown/BNP" stamp is also present on the receiver just behind the barrel, and the dust covers for the ejector port and magazine well are absent. The trigger housing is numbered to match the receiver, with the selector positions "M" (unrestricted automatic fire), "R" (automatic fire with rate reducer) and "S" (safe), all of which appear to be in proper order. A folding bipod is fitted to the front of the gas cylinder and a checkered forearm at the rear, and a swiveling hardwood carry handle is installed on the barrel. The pistol grip and buttstock are both smooth hardwood, the latter fitted with a flip-up shoulder rest and a socket for a monopod (not included). Three extra barrels, one of which is a numbered match for the receiver, are included.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The replacement barrel retains traces of an arsenal black finish, with a mixed brown patina on the remainder and mild dents and wear overall. The receiver and trigger group show 80% of the teflon style gray finish, with mild handling marks and edge wear. The wood is good, with mild scratches and dents. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This weapon is a restricted, National Firearms Act (NFA) Class 3, Fully Automatic Weapon, that is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478. This weapon is currently registered as being "LIMITED TO USE AS A SALES SAMPLE (Pre-86)" and as such can only be purchased by an FFL, with a Class 2 or Class 3 SOT License.

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