November 17 & 18, 2021 Extraordinary Firearms
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This is an outstanding original grey painted receiver finish FN-D machine gun in 7.62 NATO. Experienced machine gun shooters consider this the “best” of the Browning Automatic Rifle design refinements. Fabrique Nationale took heed of the suggestions from the field and incorporated the following improvements to what was essentially the BAR design: improved muzzle break (This gun’s muzzle break is marked “FN D” and is for the 8mm cartridge, which slows the rate of fire for this rifle), more easily adjustable gas port nut, improved and easier to deploy and retract bipod attached to the gas cylinder, adjustable carrying handle on a quick-change barrel, a lever controlled ejection port cover which opens automatically when the bolt moves either forward or to the rear, a magazine well cover which folds easier into a recess below the gas cylinder, a more positive and ergonomic magazine release, a pistol grip, and a swing-out buttstock assembly which allows easier access to cleaning the receiver and dealing with any stoppages. The rifle also incorporates a flip-up buttplate and has provision for a monopod at the bottom of the buttstock. This particular specimen was manufactured in 1958, and found its way through England before it eventually reached the United States collector and shooter market. British Nitro and “Tons per” proofs are marked in the left side of the barrel. No magazine present. 3 position selector, “M” (Fast automatic fire) at the forward position, “R” (slow automatic fire) in the center, and “S” (safety) at the rear. Visible numbers are matching between barrel, receiver, and handgrip. Electronic NFA registry indicates “IMPORTED NFA FIREARM” as the manufacturer. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is extremely fine original grey painted finish on the receiver, handgrip metal, gas cylinder, and bipod, with black enamel charging handle. Barrel has a smooth blue finish thinning in places to a gray patina. Wood furnishings are very robust and solid and have some light handling marks. Carrying handle is an attractive rich brown bakelite-type material, but obviously much stronger than earlier forms of this material. Bore is extremely fine, shiny, and bright with some slight frosting in the grooves towards the muzzle. Bolt face extremely fine. Mechanics are crisp. This is a full-auto only machine gun, and a tremendous find for the active Class III dealer, especially for one who likes to go to the range. THIS IS A NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT ITEM AND REQUIRES BATF APPROVAL PRIOR TO TRANSFER. THIS ITEM IS ONLY ELIGIBLE FOR TRANSFER TO ACTIVE FFL/SOT DEALERS AS A PRE-86 DEALER SAMPLE. Pre-86 dealer sample machine guns may be retained privately by sole proprietor FFL/SOT dealer after they relinquish their licenses, with BATF approval. JWK 2021-11-041
Name
Value
Accessories
Barrel Length
21 - 5/8"
Caliber/Bore
7.62x51mm NATO
FFL Status
NFA
Manufacturer
Fabrique Nationale
Model
D
Paperwork
Sear Serial Number
Serial Number
A416
Bidding
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $15,990.00
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Number Bids: 17
Auction closed on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
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