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Morocco FN Mauser M1950 308 Win + Grenade Launcher

This is one of the very scarce Moroccan M1950 carbines made by FN in 7.62X51 NATO (380 Win) that was fitted with a unique grenade launcher at the factory. It’s felt that only a few hundred were produced at most and this one bears a serial number of 004 as does the bolt (nothing else is numbered). These were purchased for the national police and bear no crest or other markings identifying Morocco. Robert Ball in his definitive Mauser Military Rifles of the World devotes almost no ink to these rifles and other sources are hard to find. Needless to say; they’re scarce. It features a 17.5” barrel, grenade launcher, sights graduated to an optimistic 1400 meters and sling swivels. We’ve read the launcher was ordered to facilitate the projecting of gas grenades (gas becomes necessary for populations that have been ruled by the same dynasty since 1631 in spite of superficial governments that have come and gone). It was originally fitted with the launcher but at a later date had it removed and the sight moved forward and has been professionally restored to its original condition by moving the sight back to its original position and adding a copy launcher made using an original as a model. The only give-away is that the launcher is not grooved on its muzzle and there’s spot of bronze filling the depression made when the sight was repositioned (see photo). All metal is pristine but for the guard bow which has faded slightly. The bolt is 98% bright with gray patina on the handle, some dried preservative and a few oxidation spots. The bore is smooth, bright and shiny with Good, strong rifling with just a slight hint of frosting in the grooves and the stock is completely sound with average handling marks for an arm such as this. A legitimate, albeit restored, example of very scarce rifle for the advanced Mauser collection. If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of March 4th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 02-26-19A--19-08-16