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Old July 22, 2017, 15:33   #1
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The FN-49 – The Last Elegant Old-World Military Rifle – SECOND Edition

Originally published in December 2004, the SECOND edition of this book is in work. All of the original material will carry over, some of it edited/updated. New material will be added, page count will increase from 200 pages to over 300 pages, and images should increase from the current 300 to 500 to 600. The Sniper Rifle chapter will increase from the current 19 pages to 25-30 pages. The book will now be full color throughout (not counting original monochrome images). Publication is forecast for “mid-2018.”

For those of you that have read the first edition, do you have any feedback? Do you have any rifles, bayonets, or optics that fall outside of quoted serial number ranges? Do you have a rifle that has an interesting original feature that is not illustrated in the book? Any other feedback?

Regarding serial number ranges, I can always use more information on FN-49 sniper rifles and related equipment. Anyone out there have a Lux or Egyptian sniper rifle, or an OIP FN-49 scope, that did not participate in my sniper rifle surveys back in 2002-2004? More data is always appreciated and helps to refine observed serial number ranges for this type of equipment.

Feedback is welcome up until the time I hit a (TBD) cutoff date for submitting my copy to my publisher.

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Old July 22, 2017, 17:55   #2
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I was contacted by a gentleman from Herstal the other day. He has several Lux OIP scope. He is looking to purchase a Lux sniper and is interested in the scope base numbers. He claims the scope bases were stamped with the scope serial numbers but they did not match the rifle serial numbers.

Since you have the most complete list of Lux scope serial numbers I would suggest that maybe publish a list of known numbers and try to the owners match scopes with base #'s.

There are maybe 100 of the scopes in the country and matching them up to bases would be great for all owners and make the rifles more correct.

So a correct rifle would be rifle serial # 7XXX, Scope base serial # 123, scope serial # 123, sunshade serial # 123, Case serial # 123, lens cover serial # 123.
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Old July 22, 2017, 18:51   #3
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I have thousands of lines of data in my FN-49 data base (adding up all the rifles, optics, and bayonets) ... but have NO names. This was a commitment I made starting back in 2001 to protect everyone's privacy. This policy resulted in the submission of more data (some folks would not contribute if their name was being recorded); the purpose of which is to help tell the story of the rifle and equipment.

So, I haven't a clue as to who owns what...
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So, I haven't a clue as to who owns what...

Which is exactly how these participants wanted it.


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OK - another chance to report any feedback that you might have - I will be coming up on a cut-off for new info by February or so...

For those of you that have read the first edition, do you have any feedback? Do you have any rifles, bayonets, or optics that fall outside of quoted serial number ranges? Do you have a rifle that has an interesting original feature that is not illustrated in the book? Any other feedback?

ALSO - I can always use more data on Snipers - see: FN-49 Survey – Sniper Rifles and Sniper Scopes & Mounts

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Old December 12, 2017, 09:34   #6
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I have a first edition, but when can we preorder the second edition?

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Hi Vince - Publication will be sometime in "mid-2018". I'll post in this thread sometime next year if/when the publisher will take advance orders.

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Yes, I'd be interested in pre-ordering also.
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Thanks for the interest - keep an eye out for this thread next year (and I'll PM anyone posting on this thread as well...).

For the first edition owners - still looking for any feedback...
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Thanks for the interest - keep an eye out for this thread next year (and I'll PM anyone posting on this thread as well...).

For the first edition owners - still looking for any feedback...
I'm in for the second edition too, of course...

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For those of you that have read the first edition, do you have any feedback?









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if i had a first addition i would give feedback............

i have acquired an Egyptian (eagle), a Vennie and an AL rifle. nothing special that i am aware of, the AL has a very light "AL" imprint on the receiver.

definitely want to get a copy of the second edition.











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No need to buy a 1st edition just to give feedback. Be patient and wait for the 2nd edition...
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I have the 1st edition, and think its a great book for the FN49 owner and shooter. I would like to know more about the slings that were used, and cleaning kits supplied and used by the various countries.
The other think I would like to see is a real example of how the Argentines carried spare 20 round magazines for their converted 49. Looking forward to the 2nd edition!
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Good input - thanks!

I will have a bit more coverage on slings - based on those I've seen in period photographs. However, as I mentioned in the first edition, the problem with slings is that there could have been MANY slings used on a particular nations FN-49s and they could vary by armed service, by units within each service, and by era within the rifle's service life. Since I'm trying to tell the story of the rifle itself, I can't go too far down the sling bunny trail.

Same with cleaning kits and accessories. I will have a couple extra photos in the second edition and attribute some of the cleaning stuff to nations based on what I've found in period documents and manuals. But, the info on that stuff is even more limited than slings.

Lastly, on the mag pouches used by Argentina - that type of stuff is outside the scope of the book. BUT, if you visit the following forum in Argentina and search the forum for "SAFN", FN49" etc. you might find a photo or two of pouches attributed to use for FN49 20-round mags. This forum is heavy on militaria including web gear and you might get a kick out of it. I did quite a bit or surfing on this forum as part of my 2nd edition research.
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Old January 06, 2018, 21:54   #17
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Thanks Goose. The pouches I use for mine are good old M1956 pouches, 2 mags in each, and they fit great. The only cleaning kit I have is the Belgian tube kit, and that's more for show these days.
I've tried to like the original leather slings, but even after treating them, they seem far too light for use with any of these rifles due to the weight they would have to support. It does look like most countries used about anything they could, and the Enfield sling seems to work best for me. I'll check out that forum to see if they have anything that would have worked for the Argentine 49s in the pouch department.
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