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Lot 1703: Fabrique Nationale "G Series" FAL Semi-Automatic Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Scarce Fabrique Nationale "G Series" FAL Paratrooper Configuration Semi-Automatic Rifle

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Estimated Price: $12,000 - $15,000

Scarce Fabrique Nationale "G Series" FAL Paratrooper Configuration Semi-Automatic Rifle

Manufacturer: Fabrique Nationale
Model: FAL
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 308
Barrel: 17 inch round
Finish: black
Grip: plastic
Stock: metal
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Item Interest: Very Active
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Catalog Page: 354
Class: Modern Long Gun

Manufactured in Belgium and imported in the early 60s, the "G Series" FAL rifles had a complicated relationship with the BATFE. Originally cleared for import as semi-automatic rifles, further review of the design led the ATF to conclude that the item was too easy to convert to full-auto; the G-Series FALs were essentially the same firearm as FN's military contract battle rifles, with only some minor part swapping dividing the two. The rifles that had already cleared customs were given a pass, resulting in a limited number of "original" FN FALs available on the American market. FN made adjustments to the remainder of G-Series production to address the ATF’s complaints, as seen with this example. Post front and two leaf peep rear sights, paratrooper length barrel and flash hider, and an adjustable gas port with attached grenade sight. The upper receiver bears the one line Herstal address and "308 MATCH" with the Browning Arms address on the magazine well. Matching serial numbers are present on the upper receiver, pistol grip (sans g prefix), bolt carrier and bolt. Original style "S" marking is present on the trigger group, with a proper two-position selector switch. Fitted with a ventilated triangular forearm, plastic pistol grip, and folding paratrooper stock.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 90% original black finish with scattered handling marks, some wear around the ejection port, and wear from opening and closing the stock. Furniture set is very good with scattered scuffs, dings, and scratches. Grenade sight needs adjustment. Mechanically excellent.

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