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Old May 17, 2017, 18:38   #1
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Smile Rhodesian FN Police Model Shotgun

Hi! This is my first post on The FAL Files. I'd love to acquire an FAL firearm, particularly a Rhody, but the politics of the PRKalif. (registration/neutering) make this too unpalatable. As a consolation prize I managed to snag a Rhodesian FN Police Model shotgun, a rather unique arm in its own right that I'd like to show here to any who may have interest. It's one of the later Sarco imports with the unfortunate magazine restriction that I felt challenged to rectify.

Those interested may look at the Shotgunworld thread linked below. Pics of the arm are up front, and the happy conclusion to the long saga of removing the mag restriction is at the end, should you wish to skip the lengthy interim sob story.

http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/view...p?f=7&t=400524

Maybe some day if/when the politics change and my finances improve, I'll get that baby poop Rhody FAL sibling to keep my shotgun company!
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Old May 17, 2017, 23:59   #2
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Congrats for hanging in there and seeing it through to the end. Have you been able to take it out for a test drive yet?
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Old May 18, 2017, 00:06   #3
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Congrats; I have been looking for one of those for quite a while now but they just don't seem to come up out here. IF you ever decide to sell it, PLEASE let me know.
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Old May 18, 2017, 08:54   #4
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Congrats. On my WANT list as well......
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Old May 18, 2017, 13:19   #5
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I'm pretty much a noob about this sort of thing; after re-reading your Shotgun World thread, I see that this shotgun is more of a rare/collectible/investment firearm and not a regular shooter.

I find it interesting that an FN Police Model A5 seems to have the same recoil setup as a standard Browning shotgun. I've shot my father's Auto 5, and even with regular birdshot, it has a pretty stout recoil. Wouldn't a police shotgun be expected to feed mostly buckshot and slugs? It makes my eyes water just thinking about it...
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Old May 18, 2017, 13:54   #6
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Yes, it's pretty much more a collectible rather than a shooter. There are only about 500 of them (educated guesstimate) existing in the wild, and unlike many M1 Garands and even FALs (except save those such as the Rhody baby poop items), there isn't much doubt that most, likely all, RAxxx marked FN Police Model shotguns saw real field action. Maybe regrettable that they couldn't be retained by those who carried them in earnest, though a boon to far away collectors such as moi.

I haven't been to the range yet with the beast, only tried working some snap caps through the action at home. Unfortunately, they tended to hang up about a quarter inch of clearing the mag tube. Maybe real rounds might move more slickly, but I don't want to fool around with that at home. But, as indicated previously, it's more valuable for what it is as based on how it was employed before, rather than what it can do now and in the future (though in any forthcoming "revolution", I'm confident it could be called upon once more to perform admirably).
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Old May 18, 2017, 14:38   #7
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those are by far one of the coolest shotguns. Congrats
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Old May 18, 2017, 15:29   #8
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What's the going price for a Rhodie A5 these days???
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Old May 18, 2017, 16:46   #9
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So I have seen a few of these around, I did not think they were rare, or is there a similar A5 that wasn't a police model but had the extended foregrip and tube?
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Old May 18, 2017, 17:07   #10
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What's the going price for a Rhodie A5 these days???
Last pair I bought were like $279.ea IIRC....
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Old May 18, 2017, 17:15   #11
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Last pair I bought were like $279.ea IIRC....
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Old May 18, 2017, 17:39   #12
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The last batch to be imported and sold off, by Sarco in 2014 I believe, were going for $995 plus shipping, though they were already selling for significantly more than that on the secondary market. All the last Sarco items were mag restricted, while earlier imports through CAI seemed to be restricted or non-restricted, depending on the time. I've seen them lately going for around 2.5 large on the gun auction/sales sites, near the same vicinity as real US trench shotguns.

There seems to have been an earlier FN Police Model sold prior to the Rhodesian jobs in the late '60s or early '70s, but I haven't seen such an example, all I've seen are the Rhodies.

There is some question as to whether the Rhodesian models were purchased straight from FN, or else something cobbled together by someone aftermarket. While the stock is traditional walnut, the fore end is oak or beech wood. The receiver serial numbers are not continuous and in fact have four different letter prefixes that I have seen, plus the barrel serials do not match the receiver numbers. And while standard A5s employ seamless mag tubes, the extended mag on my Rhody Police Model is seamed tubing.

Would be nice if someone with first hand knowledge could relate the whole story of these unique shotguns as time is starting to run out on those involved in the Bush Wars.

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Old May 18, 2017, 18:21   #13
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The last batch to be imported and sold off, by Sarco in 2014 I believe, were going for $995 plus shipping, though they were already selling for significantly more than that on the secondary market. All the last Sarco items were mag restricted, while earlier imports through CAI seemed to be restricted or non-restricted, depending on the time. I've seen them lately going for around 2.5 large on the gun auction/sales sites, near the same vicinity as real US trench shotguns.

There seems to have been an earlier FN Police Model sold prior to the Rhodesian jobs in the late '60s or early '70s, but I haven't seen such an example, all I've seen are the Rhodies.

There is some question as to whether the Rhodesian models were purchased straight from FN, or else something cobbled together by someone aftermarket. While the stock is traditional walnut, the fore end is oak or beech wood. The receiver serial numbers are not continuous and in fact have four different letter prefixes that I have seen, plus the barrel serials do not match the receiver numbers. And while standard A5s employ seamless mag tubes, the extended mag on my Rhody Police Model is seamed tubing.

Would be nice if someone with first hand knowledge could relate the whole story of these unique shotguns as time is starting to run out on those involved in the Bush Wars.
They were made by FN for the SA police and < 1000 were transferred to the RA and used in the bush war. Somewhere between 250 and 500 were imported into the US.

I have one that I didn't remember having until I saw this thread. I know they were going for $1700 back in 2012, but I haven't followed them in a while. I may have to let this one go since I didn't even remember it. It's a 8 shot model.

Look for it in the auction section soon, or I may just go gunbroker since you guys are a bunch of cheap asses.
The last 2 sales in the MP I am still waiting on funds, and it's been a couple months.
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Old May 18, 2017, 18:23   #14
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Thats one of the better Sarco guns, most of them were really beat compared to the older Century guns, which were still showing heavy use. Some of these had baby poop paint on them too. A lot of them have color mismatched wood, the forends got swapped around.

The Rhodesian shotguns with the 8 shot tubes were factory guns, not put together or modified later. FN sold a handful of these police shotguns to police forces in other countries, Ezell mentions this in an old edition of Small Arms Of the World. I'll see if I can find it. The A5 police model was not a big seller, it was too expensive compared to contemporary pump shotguns. Ironically the US military spent several hundred thousand dollars back in the late 1970s on the Heckler and Koch CAWS shotgun project when they could have just bought these. Mine is very fast firing and reliable.And it holds nine 2-3/4 rounds of buckshot or slugs.

What's it worth? I'd like to know what mines worth. Ten years ago you could buy a near mint US marked Remington riot gun for 1/3 of what they bring now. Military shotguns are hot tickets.

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Old May 18, 2017, 19:13   #15
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Hard to believe those prices...
Mine sat here for years at a grand,,,like 2009-2013
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All three POL marked
1- 8 shot Sarco Import
1- 8 shot Century Import
1- 5 shot Sarco Import

Sold the Sarco Import; there is a sale/auction thread in here.
Replaced it with another Century Import so still have 2 - 8 shot and 1 - 5 shot.



Posted one of the duplicates for sale for about an hour back in February before I changed my mind.

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Interesting that they kept the 24" barrel for the 5 shot. I never saw one of these.
It is a 24" cylinder bore barrel with a POL marked receiver. The barrel serial number and receiver serial number match as do the etched RA#s on barrel, bolt, and receiver.
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It is a 24" cylinder bore barrel with a POL marked receiver. The barrel serial number and receiver serial number match as do the etched RA#s on barrel, bolt, and receiver.
Makes me wonder if the 4 shot mag version had a shorter barrel originally and one of the 24 in barrels from the 8 shot versions made its way onto this gun. The black guy has an 8 shot model but the guy on the right has a shorter 20in looking version (he's closer to the camera note the muzzle in relation to their waists). All the FN Police models are distinctive for the cross bolt in the pistol grip. None of the Remington US riot guns have this.


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Old May 19, 2017, 15:43   #19
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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)
F55841__________134
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F56071__________142
F56174__________208
B81109__________209
B80702__________281
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B81183__________465
B81241__________498
B80528__________523
A67364__________539
A72049__________540
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B80645__________556
B80634__________562
B81223__________568
B81131__________607

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 (81241 - 80634) = 607
F (56174 - 55841) = 333

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".

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Interesting that your second Police Model shotgun has a round knob grip end. It's the first I've seen like this, a throwback to old times? What is the FN serial number on this one?

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Old May 19, 2017, 18:01   #21
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If there is one for sale somewhere in this thread I am a buyer. I have been looking for one of these for a long while.
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If there is one for sale somewhere in this thread I am a buyer. I have been looking for one of these for a long while.
There is now

http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showt...76#post4423976

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