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Old July 10, 2018, 16:25   #1
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Interesting FAL boltcarrier

I'm really starting to believe the oval proof is not unique to Austrian.

This came with a non-matching FN bolt and lower, with so much rust that I believe it to be from a SARCO Cuban kit (Belgian Long flash on cut barrel).

If you look carefully around the number, you'll see diagonal sanding marks which suggests to me that this carrier was re-stamped at some point. But the transition to the forward radius is so good, that I can't be sure. Point is, they are not from a cutting tool, but from hand-sanding.



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Old July 10, 2018, 16:54   #2
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Looks to me like the oval/number may be originally stamped, but the angled sanding marks further up the carrier's spine is indicative of removing a number and possibly force matching this newly stamped number.


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Old July 10, 2018, 17:15   #3
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I've owned and / or held probably 500+ Krag Jorgensen rifles in my hands over the past 25 years before I completed my small collection of a half dozen guns. Normally the tops of the extractors are beautifully polished to a mirror finish and then fireblued, but several rifles I've seen have very rough sanding marks just behind the retaining pin lug of the extractor. These marks are underneath the original blueing / heat treat.

Whats my point? Never underestimate even a top shelf arsenals ability to hire a schleprock who thinks theres no mixup a belt sander cant fixup.
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Old July 10, 2018, 17:32   #4
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....I'm really starting to believe the oval proof is not unique to Austrian....
It's not. The # inside oval has been documented many times on FN produced Israeli carriers. IIRC L/FN was the first to point it out.

I know it's on at least 1 more carrier identical to yours because I tried to buy it. It was a high number StG-58 carrier. Your carrier looks very StG-58 to me.

Single or double cammed?
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Old July 10, 2018, 18:06   #5
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Mark Iíve got a metric sandcut bolt and carrier....Iíll check it when I get home...
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The font looks odd to me. Like Turk or Indian or something odd.
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Any FN box or diamond proofs at front or rear?
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Iíve got one Iíd like to know about also.




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Any FN box or diamond proofs at front or rear?
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