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Picking up an FN today

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:07 pm
by lx450landcruiser
Well I'm new to the fourm and must say this site is amazing. So helpful.

I'll be sure to post pics when I get it this afternoon. On a side note is there any more information on the rife pictured at the top of the web site? Looks to be in really nice conditon but I dont see much about it?

Cheers
Mike

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:34 pm
by lx450landcruiser
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Well Fellas, I think I might have stmbled upon something great!

It appears to be an early unfired/barly fired FN 1900 The checkering in the wood is still sharp!! Blueing is perfect and its number 51
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Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:35 pm
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Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:47 pm
by 81police
Great FN Mike, and a two digit serial number too! Congrats on a rare find.

The Model 8 used in our banner is a #3 Special, also known as a "C" grade. The cool thing about this particular rifle is that the checkering is unlike most other C's, it's pattern is more elaborate similar to "D" grades. I can't remember with certainty but I think it was mfg. in 1914.

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:19 pm
by rem81auto
Nice FN, and not really wanting to toss the proverbial turd in the punch bowl. I am thinking it's been refinished. I also do not believe FN's had the hole in the back of the receiver to accept tang sights.... someone correct me if I'm wrong. I have been wrong before. :roll:

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:31 pm
by lx450landcruiser
rem81auto wrote:Nice FN, and not really wanting to toss the proverbial turd in the punch bowl. I am thinking it's been refinished. I also do not believe FN's had the hole in the back of the receiver to accept tang sights.... someone correct me if I'm wrong. I have been wrong before. :roll:

From my quick searching here I think your right about the tang site. How would I know if its been refinished?

Cheers
Mike

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:57 pm
by rem81auto
Mike, you have pics before some of the most knowledgeable FN collector's anywhere ... all we have to do is hope they view this topic and are willing to give an opinion. Dennis

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:26 pm
by lx450landcruiser
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Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:53 pm
by imfuncity
Refinished or not, fine looking FN - I'm officially jealous. Oh, and welcome to the forum. :D

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:51 am
by ranman
beautiful, just plain beautiful. Thats about sums up these autoloaders. I would love to have that hanging on my wall. I cant tell from the pics if its a reblue or not. Have a look at the screw heads for crisp slots as sometimes they get polished to much. Very nice :mrgreen:

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:46 pm
by lx450landcruiser
Thanks for your input guy. Im still amazed at the fit, finish and over all quality of this gun. all the tollerences are just so tight and the weight is nice too. I know the Reminton 8s were techinally a less expenisve gun at the time but would I expect to see the same quality at least mechanically as this FN? I guess Im asking was the price difference due to the wood checkering ect... or does the quaily decrease in the manufacturing?

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Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:57 am
by jack1653
Howdy,

I agree with the previous comment that the FN has been refinished. If you look closely at the last picture you can see the polishing marks that are indicative of a re-blue. That being said, the re-blue has been done very well.

To me, another tell tale indicator of a refinish of the wood is to look closely at the meeting of the wood to the metal. It appears to me that there are some old oil stains which are fairly common with any of these old rifles. If the wood was all original these characteristics would be more easily seen. Again, the refinish and the re-checkering has been done in a very professional manner and the results are outstanding.

Should you ever get the urge to sell the FN, please contact me. I would love to add it to the stable. I am trying to get a "dirty dozen" as sighthound calls them.

Regards,

jack1653

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:57 am
by Adam Lee
Landcruiser,

Great FN 1900 you've scored. Is she a shooter or a wall-hanger? I know that gun nuts are opinionated on this subject, especially when we talk about guns in such fine condition (refinished or not) that were made in low production numbers.

Somewhat OT (off-topic) when I was big into Mauser's and German weapons of WW2 I got ahold of an April '45 manufactured Walther Kar43. She was an all-numbers-matching beauty....even acquired a non-matching but original late-war ddx Voigtlander scope setup with it. I proceeded to strip the gun down to the last machine screw, thoroughly document with photos, and reassemble.
In the process, I decided that the gun was just too good for me to use as a shooter, and ultimately she didn't last very long with me until I sold her off a few years later. Yes, I should have kept her, but I am a schoolteacher and it was a bit difficult justifying my purchase in the first place. My wife (also a schoolteacher) and I wanted to go to Germany for a long summer vacation in 2005, so I sold the rifle to help fund the tour. Best gun swap ever, IMHO!

That's when I decided to limit my gun focus to only guns I knew I wouldn't feel guilty about blasting with on the range, or in the woods. I love project guns, that's become my focus.

So, Toyotadude, or Landcruiser 450, (wish I knew your human name), let us know what you do with your awesome 1900!

(by the way, I did take my ac45 Kar43 out to shoot before I sold it. Nice gun, like a German Garand, but with a 10-round removable clip)

Adam

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:58 am
by keltg
beautiful looking rifle.

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:56 pm
by S and S HUNTCLUB
Wow! This really is a very nice FN 1900. The pictures just do not do this rifle any justice. We are very pleased to have been able to add this rifle to our collection. It will most definitely be a cherished hunting rifle, for many years to come! The rifle will be enjoyed afield (as they should be) & it will be "put back into action" during our 2013 Michigan Whitetail Deer opener, on November 15th this coming fall, at our deer camp in northern Michigan. We really appreciate the opportunity to give this fine rifle a new home! Any day spent hunting with a vintage "two digit" FN 1900, is an extremely good day. It will surely be apart of many new hunting memories, with family & friends! Many Thanks! Enjoy Life, S and S HUNTCLUB

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:19 pm
by 81police
if that FN is with S&S Hunt Club, then it found a good home :D

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:01 pm
by S and S HUNTCLUB
Thanks Cam! We are really looking forward to hunting with this FN 1900. If everything goes well, she'll drop a nice Whitetail buck on opening morning this coming fall. We have not given this old sweetheart a name yet, but we're working on trying to come up something that fits. Enjoy Life, S and S HUNTCLUB

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:41 pm
by Phyrbird
Very NIce :!: :!:

May I suggest Cheri', Not Shari. It seems to fit the European Mystique.
After all she goes past pretty to innocent beauty.

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Wed May 01, 2013 11:18 am
by Big Dooley
That is a great looking rifle! I may have missed it in the thread but what caliber is it? Thanks!

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Wed May 01, 2013 2:00 pm
by rem81auto
BD,
All FN'S are 9 m/m or as we know it 35 Rem.

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Thu May 02, 2013 6:45 am
by Big Dooley
Thanks for the insight. I haven't studied the FN versions much but probably will now.

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Thu May 02, 2013 7:06 am
by 81police
in that case Big Dooley this article is a must read,

http://thegreatmodel8.remingtonsociety. ... ge_id=1562

Re: Picking up an FN today

Posted: Thu May 02, 2013 7:31 am
by Big Dooley
Thanks Cam, as soon as I saw your reply about the caliber, I went to the FN 1900 section on the forum and enjoyed reading all about them. Now I need an FN to go along with my Model 8!