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Old May 19, 2017, 15:43   #18
Nihonto Chicken
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For any who may be interested, here are the FN serial numbers and the attendant Rhodesian Army inventory numbers I have seen so far on the Bush War FN Police Model shotguns (internet sources not bookmarked):

FN Serial #............Rhod. Army #

............................047 (electro-pencil mark seen on barrel only)
F56263..................087
F55841..................134
............................135
F56071..................142
F56201..................172
F56174..................208
B81109..................209
B80702..................281
.............................322 (? - fuzzy photo, not sure)
B81386..................344
.............................438
B81183..................465
B80526..................481
B81241..................498
B80528..................523
A67364..................539
A72049..................540
.............................543
B80645..................556
B80634..................562
B81223..................568
B81131..................607
.............................629

I indicated earlier on another thread that I had seen a G prefix FN serial number, but a review of my scattered notes failed to uncover this, so for now only three prefixes that I have seen, namely A, B and F.

In any event, note that the FN serial numbers bear no apparent correlation to the RA numbers (for example see RA numbers 208 and 209). So it appears that if these shotguns were sourced directly from FN, they were not a consecutive number production run, and not even three consecutive number runs, but rather look to have been pulled from here and there. Note the span of the FN serial numbers I've seen so far:

A (72049 - 67364) = 4685
B (81386 - 80634) = 752
F (56263 - 55841) = 422

There are likely less than one thousand RA marked FN Police Model shotguns as only three numeric digit RA numbers have turned up so far. If only the B and F prefix numbers had shown up, there would be possibly a fit for two consecutive number FN production runs, but the A prefix numbers blow this consideration all to hell. So however these shotguns were sourced, they don't appear to be "hot off the press" consecutive number FN runs.

Will welcome any enlightenment on this as well as any other FN serial and RA inventory numbers.

Edit: Unfortunately my table upon submission was auto-edited to remove appropriate spacing and hence was screwed up, sorry, but at least the FN numbers and attendant RA numbers are on the same row.

Second Edit: Tried to restore proper spacing to the table that was removed by the auto edit upon submission blank space deletion "feature".

Third and Fourth Edits: New table entries.

Fifth edit: Add #629 as indicated in a 10/2015 JDJulia auction.

Sixth edit: Add #481 as indicated in a 8/29/18 GB auction.

Last edited by Nihonto Chicken; August 29, 2018 at 21:34. Reason: Edit table for new entries.
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