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My first FN-49!

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My first FN-49!

#1 Post by KneverKnew » Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:57 pm

I’m sure I paid too much. Got it in an auction. $605 delivered.
Egyptian 8mm with replacement wood and plastic but cap by Century. Someone ground down the muzzle threads. The few pictures looked okay but not detailed. Did I get ripped off. Be honest, I can take it. 😭
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Re: My first FN-49!

#2 Post by ammolab » Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:30 pm

Not too bad if it shoots well. I would have to do something about that castrated muzzle.

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Re: My first FN-49!

#3 Post by KneverKnew » Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:56 pm

If I decide to keep it (if it shoots good) I’ll have a friend re- thread it for me. What would be the correct muzzle device to put on it? Haven’t seen many with flash hiders. Generally what looks like a thread protector.

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#4 Post by KneverKnew » Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:59 pm

Can I get some ideas on how to treat the muzzle end of the barrel where the threads were ground off? I’d like to re-thread it but the question is does that mean cutting off the ground down piece so the barrel is a little shorter? Or try to thread the existing end to a smaller thread?

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#5 Post by RWS » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:45 am

To the best of my knowledge, all FN-49's had threaded muzzles but not all had flash suppressors. The ones that didn't simply had a screw-on muzzle cap. This is the case with the Egyptian rifles so a flash suppressor would not be "correct". If it was my rifle I would try to find an original muzzle cap, clean what's left of the threads (assuming any material at all remains, and then use red Loc-Tite to make a semi-permanent fix. Red Loc-Tite is not service-removable like the blue stuff.

Alternately, have a machinist make an original-looking muzzle cap that can be pressed on. That would be expensive though, and the bluing might not match.

How good is the bore? You might want to re-barrel if it doesn't shoot well.

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#6 Post by KneverKnew » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:22 am

Thanks Bob for those suggestions. I don’t have the rifle yet so won’t know the bore condition until then. I do have a friend who has a complete 8mm barrel assembly if necessary.

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#7 Post by echo1 » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:08 pm

You didn't mention if it had an eagle or a crown on the receiver or if it matched. $600 isn't too terrible in the worst case scenario, there's not that many of them. I agree that a replicap would be best.PAX

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#8 Post by KneverKnew » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:38 pm

Pictures didn’t show crest. Just have to wait for delivery. Doubtful it all matches. It’s a Century after all. LOL.

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#9 Post by RWS » Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:58 am

A bit of good news is that Numrich has used muzzle caps in stock for $13.50 in case you need one.

https://www.gunpartscorp.com/products/51110

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#10 Post by KneverKnew » Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:47 am

Yes thanks. I was looking at those. Now, how can I attach to muzzle other than just welding in place? I’d love to restore the battle as much as possible so that the nose cap can be removed if needed. I’m open to all options though.

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#11 Post by echo1 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:47 pm

You really shouldn't be needing to remove the cap often, if you've blued the new threads and Loctite it on.
You'll be needing a copy of the book "The FN-49 The Last Elegant Old-World Military Rifle" by Wayne Johnson. Also, there are 8MM barrels out there for pretty cheap. PAX

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#12 Post by KneverKnew » Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:58 pm

I have access to a barrel. What does it take to swap them out?

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#13 Post by echo1 » Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:06 am

KneverKnew wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:58 pm
I have access to a barrel. What does it take to swap them out?
Someone whose done it before, more than once, or a competent smith. PAX

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Re: My first FN-49!

#14 Post by KneverKnew » Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:13 am

Rifle arrives tomorrow. Being an Egyptian Century Import FN, what’s the chance it already has a safe two piece firing pin?
If I need to order a two piece, which do I get?
I’ve seen both with and without safety notch. ??????

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Re: My first FN-49!

#15 Post by KneverKnew » Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:14 am

Any suggestions on which milsurp Ammo is best (safe) to use in the FN?

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