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FN 1950? 7.62x51mm Carbine find

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:29 pm
by Rapidrob
Back in 2016 DocAV and Rosalita were answering questions about a 7.62x51mm NATO FN Carbine a member had bought and who it might have been made for?
I always thought it was a really neat and would love to find one in nice condition for shooting long range.
Today at out local gun show, darned if I didn't find one! It had been looked past by many goers as the seller had some very nice high dollar rifles for sale my wife was looking at. I talked to the seller about my club and what we do and I asked him what he wanted to do on the price on the little carbine? He came down a good bit and the small FN came home with me after my wife bought it for me! Got to love her.
From what I have read here, it appears to be a Belgian Police Carbine? The sling swivels are on the bottom of the stock,not the sides.
I'm not sure on the "broach cutting" though.
The rifle is a 9.8 on a 10 scale. Just a couple of handling dings. The bluing is 100%. All serial numbers match. The bore is perfect and shiny. The face of the bolt looks as if it has only been test fired. There is no bolt cycling wear marks on any of the guide ways. There is still Cosmoline on the rear sight. The muzzle crown looks to be brand new.
Butt plate has rack stains,no rust. The butt has a rack number of " 20 ". There is a sticker on the heel of the butt stock that reads 1959. No idea if this is the year it was made or another inventory number?
The serial number is four digit.
OAL looks to be just under 38".
It is very lightly import marked on the muzzle CIA,bla,bla,bla .308CAL. It is of course 7.62x51MM Nato. I am assuming they would have fired M-80 type ball ammo out of it?
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posted on another sight as well looking for info.

Re: FN 1950? 7.62x51mm Carbine find

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:09 am
by Rapidrob
So far responses on the web seem to indicate it is a Model 1930 Carbine instead of a 1950 that went to Morocco. There is not much info on these little carbines and who really used them.

Re: FN 1950? 7.62x51mm Carbine find

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:04 pm
by ammolab
Looks really nice...and suitable for the “carbine match” this month no doubt!

Re: FN 1950? 7.62x51mm Carbine find

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:41 am
by Rapidrob
Timing is everything. The seller had some of the nicest rifles I've seen in a long time. A 1903 National Match Rifle done by Sedgley as well several Sedgley hunting rifles.

Re: FN 1950? 7.62x51mm Carbine find

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:20 pm
by Tuna
There were more countries then just Morocco that bought the Model 50 in 7.62x51. Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and who knows who else bought them.

Re: FN 1950? 7.62x51mm Carbine find

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:23 am
by Rapidrob
I took the carbine to the range yesterday. I shot at NRA Chickens set to two hundred meters. The bullets impacted 4" to the right of center and 14" high using M-80 Ball.
A taller front sight will correct this problem. Recoil was mild. No muzzle flash. Very pleasant to shoot from the prone.

Re: FN 1950? 7.62x51mm Carbine find

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:10 am
by indy1919a4
Where as I love the FN 1950s because they are some of the last War Time bolt action mausers made.. I do lament the loss of crests that this world brought..

That is a nice rifle..

Re: FN 1950? 7.62x51mm Carbine find

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:06 am
by vandle
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They look very similar to the Columbian Carbines which are in 30.06. I believe these are FN1930 converted

Yours looks to be in great condition.
At least the recoil is not as harsh as 30.06

Re: FN 1950? 7.62x51mm Carbine find

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:37 am
by Rapidrob
The consensus is "no one is sure just who ordered them".
I milled a taller front sight to correct the high bullet impact at 200 meters.
The range was very cold and windy. Snow had fallen and the sun was out. The light was blinding. After three rounds fired I had to put on my sun glasses.
The new rear sight is just a little too high but easy to fix. The target is our 1/4 size man silhouette. The little carbine shows promise
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Re: FN 1950? 7.62x51mm Carbine find

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:52 pm
by swede
That's a nice one Rob, great find