The Last Elegant Old-World Military Rifle
Expanded Second Edition
Title: The FN-49, The Last Elegant Old World Military Rifle -
Expanded Second Edition
Author: Wayne Johnson
Pages: 460 all color
Cover: Color laminated hardbound cover
Size: 8.75" x 11.25" (22 x28 cm.)
Photographs & Illustrations: 1,100 color and black & white
Printed and bound in the USA!
Production run: Limited to 2200 copies
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This revised and expanded second edition of The FN-49: The Last Elegant Old-World Military Rifle is the result of author Wayne Johnson’s continued and exhaustive study of the FN Model 1949 rifle. All chapters in the book have been updated and in some cases significantly expanded to reflect the results of Johnson’s additional research and data gathering over the last fifteen years since the release of the first edition. One new chapter and three new appendixes have been added, page count has increased from 200 to over 400, illustrations have increased from around 300 to over 1,000, and the book is now produced in an exciting new color format.
New FN-49 production data as well as many official period photos, provided by sources at FN, enhanced a number of chapters. Over fifty new period images of the FN-49 in action, most never-before published, have been added. The chapter covering the early self-loading rifles that preceded the FN-49 has nearly tripled in length and includes more than 70 images. A new addition is coverage of the various patents that were issued for these early FN self-loading rifles. The Special Rifles chapter has new photographs of unique FN-49s including a prototype sniper rifle, a cut-away, and an infrared night sight-equipped rifle.
The Sniper Rifle chapter has been considerably improved, now having more than 75 photographs and additional text, including coverage of the Luxembourg contract OIP scopes, long thought lost. Also included is a fascinating personal account of a sharpshooter that served in the Belgian Congo, documented by noted FN authority Anthony Vanderlinden. Also improved is the chapter on Chamberings, Ammunition, and Cartridge Clips that has new information, more photos, and a sidebar covering the test firing of some original-issue 1949 ammunition.
The chapter considered by some collectors to be the centerpiece of the book, the Parts Breakdown chapter, now has many more illustrative photographs along with expanded text describing every component part of the rifle. A new chapter has been added to cover the major contributing manufacturers: Herkner, Meopta, Mecar, and OIP; these companies were instrumental in adapting the FN-49 for the specialized roles of sniping and launching rifle grenades.
Another interesting addition is a detailed account of the importation of the Luxembourg contract rifles, including coverage of the agreement between the importer and the U.S. government regarding the modifications made to the selective-fire fire rifles to make them eligible for sale in the U.S. The Accessories chapter has been expanded to cover more of the attachments, tools, accessories, and technical information that were developed to support the use and maintenance of the rifle. Several new bayonet variations have been identified and are described. The Argentine chapter now includes an account of FN-49s serving in the Falklands war. And more.
This expanded second edition represents a major step forward in telling the story of this fascinating rifle and is a must-read for all FN-49 owners and collectors, FN enthusiasts in general, and for all people with an interest in learning more about the development, production, and military service of one of the last of the old-world, elegant, military rifles.
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Content of the 2019 Expanded Second Edition
Chapter 1 Overview of FN – 1889 to 1949
Chapter 2 Dieudonné Saive
Chapter 3 The Early Self-Loading Rifles – 1907 to 1948
Chapter 4 The Model 1949 Self-Loading Rifle
Chapter 5 Proofs and Markings
Chapter 6 Production Summary and Order List
Chapter 7 The Argentine Contract
Chapter 8 The Belgian Contract
Chapter 9 The Belgian Congo Contract
Chapter 10 The Brazilian Contract
Chapter 11 The Colombian Contract
Chapter 12 The Egyptian Contract
Chapter 13 The Indonesian Contract
Chapter 14 The Luxembourg Contract
Chapter 15 The Luxembourg Gendarmerie Contract
Chapter 16 The Venezuelan Contract
Chapter 17 Sniper Rifles
Chapter 18 Test, Presentation, and Other Special Rifles
Chapter 19 Bayonets
Chapter 20 Accessories and Manuals
Chapter 21 Supporting Manufacturers
Chapter 22 Chamberings, Ammunition, and Cartridge Clips
Chapter 23 Parts Breakdown
Chapter 24 Description of Operation, Design Safeguards, and Gas Adjustment
Chapter 25 Disassembly/Assembly Instructions
Appendix A Self-Loading Rifle Patents
Appendix B Contract Requirement Extracts
Appendix C The Luxembourg Import Packing Lists
Appendix D Abbreviations, Acronyms, Initialisms, and Terms