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    Default 1951 FN Belgian Mauser

    Sorry if this in't the right section/forum....

    Just got this 1951 FN Belgian Mauser, factory chambered in 30-06 Springfield. King Leopold marked.

    I'm told that FN produced k98's during the war and then produced these after the war as a stop-gap until they produced the FN-FAL. I'm a rookie so feel free to correct me!




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    Default Fn 1951

    This is probably not the correct forum to post this rifle I could be wrong.
    This is an army issued rifle because it used to have black finish.
    They were made only for 2 years, 1951 and 1952 and the crests changed from 51 to 52.
    51 is more rare than 52 the navy is more rare than the army rifles.

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    I was told it was a Navy rifle because it doesn't have the black finish. Are you saying someone removed the black finish? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davetexas View Post
    I was told it was a Navy rifle because it doesn't have the black finish. Are you saying someone removed the black finish? Thanks!
    I am pretty sure it was black. You can see the black finish in the crest. It was a paint like finish... the navy rifles were grey. If will send you a pm with a link to a navy rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davetexas View Post
    Sorry if this in't the right section/forum....

    Just got this 1951 FN Belgian Mauser, factory chambered in 30-06 Springfield. King Leopold marked.

    I'm told that FN produced k98's during the war and then produced these after the war as a stop-gap until they produced the FN-FAL. I'm a rookie so feel free to correct me!

    Not really the correct forum but it is nice rifle so it can stay. Fn didn't make 98k's during the war. They made parts, particularly barrels and bolts for other makers. They also produced handguns (hi-powers and 1910/22's). After the war they shifted to FN49 production before the FAL.

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    Well I took it completely apart today and it does indeed have a black painted like finish on it under the stock. So I'm guessing that someone at sometime removed it. The finish that you can see is not bare metal though and I'm told is a form of parkerization.

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    The standard finish was a phosphate coating (parkerizing) then painted with a type of black paint. They did the same to the FN-49 and FAL.

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    The sling is original and in good condition but is dry and has some wear marks to it. I was thinking of cleaning it with some saddle soap. Is this a bad idea? Should I just leave it alone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by militarytorch View Post
    This is probably not the correct forum to post this rifle I could be wrong.
    This is an army issued rifle because it used to have black finish.
    They were made only for 2 years, 1951 and 1952 and the crests changed from 51 to 52.
    51 is more rare than 52 the navy is more rare than the army rifles.
    After WWII Belgium acquired a quantity of US machineguns for there occupation zone in Western Germany.
    The SAFN mod.49 semi automatic rifle was the standard model,as substitute rifle is the commercial Mauser model 24/30/50 used,it has a slighter longer magazine than a k98k and the receiver got a cut to provide clearance for the pointed 30.06 catridges.Not many rifles have on the receiver the L from king Leopold III but got the B from king Boudewijn I,Belgium got a dispute after the war with the old king Leopold and he must resign by the governement in favor of his son Boudewijn.This Mauser rifle ,common called in the Belgian army the model 50 served in the Belgian army untill the 70's. it has been produced longer than two years because its a commercial rifle.ABL means Armee Belge,Belgisch leger referring to the French and the Flemisch(dutch)translation of the two languages spoken in Belgium.this rifle is sometimes encountered with "FP" on the receiver,this means "Force public" for colonial purpose of the Belgian army in Congo..

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    I have the 1952 version. I would like to see some pics of your sling. I don't have one for my ABL 30-06 0r my ABL trainer. Would like to see what they look like and any markings on them

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