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Mystery FN Bolt gun

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by bob falfa, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. bob falfa

    bob falfa Member

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    The owner of this rifle is a VERY advanced collector of Mauser rifles in Europe DSCN1205 (6).JPG DSCN1206 (4).JPG , and yet he is stumped on this one.....
     
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  2. LRDGCO

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    Stumped in which regard, by the initials engraved into the receiver? It could be anything from Phillip Harcourt to Provinz Hanover...
     
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  3. bob falfa

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    Yes, stumped by that. The rifle was made by FN, it's an FN24, but the receiver ring markings obviously don't reflect that.
     
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  4. LRDGCO

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    Is there any reason to believe those are something other than initials?

    Can't quite make out the proof mark. Is it Belgian?

    The pics don't give us much to go on. Is it a nicely done sporter or still in FN24 military guise. Date of manufacture?

    If a sporter, owner initials would seem likely. If otherwise an FN military Mauser, it will take some digging indeed. Polizei Hamburg? Prinz Hohenzollern? Beats me. The Weimar Period was fairly decentralized. A German state ordering specially marked rifles from FN doesn't strike me as at all unlikely. But if the chap trying to decipher it is a very advanced collector, I'm at the very other end of the spectrum throwing out guesses. Sorry to not be of more help.
     
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    Proof mark is BNP--Birmingham (aka British) Nitro Proof which means that it was in Great Britain at onetime.

    Might be able to find the answer in Ars Mechanica, The Ultimate FN Book which covers FN products in glorious color pictures. The same publisher/distributor also has a book on FN Mausers specifically dealing with wartime issues. Might also throw it onto Gunboards Mauser subforum for comment.
     
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  6. bob falfa

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    Thanks so much guys. I'm gonna attempt to put my friend on the line here since he is much better equipped to discuss this that I.
     
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  7. LRDGCO

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    Birmingham proofs has me leaning even more towards an interwar sporter by a smith in the shires, say a somewhat less well to do junior officer posting to one of the African ends of Empire? Gift to Phillip Harcourt from Mummy and Daddy on graduating from Sandhurst, or his 21st? Full pics would tell us more...
     
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  8. bob falfa

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    All kinds of guns have Birmingham proofs, for reasons much less romantic than the picture you've painted....anything that ever went through one of the big arms houses there has them. They are not indicative of period. By way of example, almost all of the Dutch AR-10 material that came to North America is so marked, simply because it passed through their hands.
     
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  9. Ken T

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    Post this on Gunboards or the Kar98k forum.You may have better luck there.It's appears to be in military configuration from the limited photos.
     
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