- FALaholic #
- Dec 21, 2001
To any interested parties: I revised the first post of this thread as shown above back in December 2004 to announce that the survey was being discontinued and a new book on the FN-49 rifle had been published. Many years later, a second edition of the book The FN-49 - The Last Elegant Old-World Military Rifle was begun in January 2017. After 31 months of continual work, totalling over 2,400 documented hours, the second edition is complete and copies are now being shipped by the publisher. It is in a new color format, 460 total pages, 1,050 illustrations, and over 150,000 words. For details, visit: www.fn49.comAfter nearly three years, I am discontinuing my FN-49 survey activity. My thanks to all the people who took the time to capture and submit the data on their FN-49 rifles and related equipment over the past 34 months.
The results of the survey, along with several thousand hours of other research, were documented in a recently published 200 page book on the FN-49 (see www.fn49.com).
In regards to this survey thread on FAL Files, this was just one of many surveys that I ran starting in 2001 on more than ten firearms discussion forums, with the most prolific responses being received here on the Files, as well as on Gunboards and the old Parallax forum. While the surveys were the way that I initially expanded my data base of information about these rifles in the period between 2001 and 2004, the surveys mostly became obsolete once I came into possession of the actual rifle production data from FN in the latter part of 2004. Additionally, in the ensuing 17-plus years since the start of the surveys, much has been learned about these rifles, with much of that new information superseding some of the initial trends or hypothesis developed from the initial survey data.
The preceding paragraph is a long-winded way of saying that that some of the information documented in this survey thread may not be accurate, and in any event was totally superseded by the contents of the first edition of the book, which in turn is now superseded by the contents of the second edition. THUS, there is no value in, and I recommend against, spending any time reviewing the 450 posts in this thread. In fact, if any Mods read this post, it is certainly past time to unpin this thread and let it sink into the digital abyss...
Goose / Wayne Johnson