The FN49 - The Rifle That Ran Out of Time

The FN49 - The Rifle That Ran Out of Time
Further orders from a number of countries were forthcoming over the next decade, leading to a total production of approximately 176,000 FN49s. We present new colour images of a complete collector's catalogue of all the contract models, in chronological order, which sheds new light on the developmental history of this fine arm.

The book contains extensive details on the development of the Echo scope mount, which was designed and patented by the American gunsmith and machinist Edward Herkner, whose story is told largely in his own (previously unpublished) words.

The numerous component differences between the semi-automatic FN49 (the “SAFN”) and the selective-fire version, the “AFN”, are illustrated and explained.

Two chapters cover combat use of the FN49 by the Belgian Volunteer Battalion in Korea and by Belgian and colonial troops (the Force Publique) in the Congo.

A detailed retrospective of FN49 production includes the complete, official FN Order List, plus further breakdowns of production and deliveries by year and by calibre.

The book concludes with three chapters on Accessories and Ancillaries— handbooks, bayonets, cleaning kits, grenade launchers, scopes and slings—and a Bibliography.

Throughout illustrated with 361 illustrations, 141 of them in color.
Author/s: R. Blake Stevens
Publisher: Collector Grade Publishing
Pages: 256
Language: English
Edition: 1
Year of publication: 2011
Dimensions: A4
Binding: Hardback
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