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FN-49 one piece vs two piece firing pin

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by marktx, Aug 24, 2008.

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  1. marktx

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    I have been looking at a couple of FN-49s at a local shop and have been reading up a bit about them. It seems that having the two piece firing pin is an important safety modification/update but I don't really see any information about how to determine short of disassembling the thing. Is there any easy way to tell? I also read that the two piece firing pin was more important on the Egyptian 8mm model than the Venezuelan 7mm model. Any truth to that? I'm new to these things so any information is appreciated.
     
  2. jerkface11

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    You've got a local gunshop with more than one FN49? Lucky you.
     
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    Well they only have one now :D I bought the Venezuelan for $625 and am thinking about going back for the Egyptian tomorrow which is also $625. As far as I can tell they are original (not Century assembly from assorted parts) and seem to have all the appropriate markings.
     
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    Take the bolt out, it comes out just like a SKS, and then lever the spring that holds the extractor against the bolt-face outward, and hinge it ninety degrees. Firing pin should pop out under spring pressure.

    See if it's one or two piece.
     
  5. Gator

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    Great price! I've seen them for $1000 lately. I've had the Argentine, Egyptian, and Venezuelan versions of the FN-49, and the 7x57 is the one I kept.

    $625 for an Egyptian isn't as good, but if you want it get it. :)
     
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    You got a serious bargain.

    I remember seeing someone selling a two piece conversion for these , but it was ages ago. You could check on the specialty forums where the collectors of these rifles hang out.

    Everytime someone mentions a SAFN I remember the one I got for $300 and parted with at about that price. Stupid stupid stupid.
     
  7. marktx

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    Ok, I couldn't imagine any other way than to disassemble it. When I bought the Venezuelan I wasn't familiar enough to take the thing apart in the gun shop first.

    How difficult is it to convert? I see some parts over on Numrich but I haven't seen any easy guide on how to do it. Is it just a matter of ordering up the two pieces and pulling out the one piece firing pin?
     
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    Yep. The two piece is two pieces and maybe a return spring, where the one-piece is one piece.
     
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    Pick up The FN49: The Last Elegant Old-World Military Rifle by Wayne Johnson, which is THE book when it comes to the FN49...

    www.fn49.com

    You'll be very glad that you did...

    Forrest
     
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    $625!! I don't think i'm speaking to you anymore.
     
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    Took the thing apart tonight and am very pleased with what I have found. Matching numbers on all the parts I can find numbers on (receiver, bolt, barrel) and haven't found an import stamp anywhere. The bore is in pristine condition, a few dings on the stock and some wear on the muzzle brake but nothing too bad.

    Thanks for the explanation, it would have taken me a good bit longer to get this thing checked out otherwise :) Turns out it has a two piece firing pin. Attached some pics for anyone else who might be looking at an FN49.
     

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    I bought a 30-06 FN49 for $250 10 years ago. Barrel was shot, so I sold it 3yrs ago for $450. Used the money to get a shot out M1 Garand rebuilt to a 308NM.

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    I'm gonna try and collect the various versions of the FN49. I didn't get around to buying the Egyptian yet but I'm planning on going back to get it soon. The 30-06 version would be great as I have been buying a bunch of 30-06 ammo and still don't have anything chambered for it.
     
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