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Hey, I just bought this old girl from a friend of my dads for $50. Its one of two FR-8s I have. The cool thing about this one is that it was made out of a 1916 Simon & Suhl Co. parts, as the pictures show. I know a little about these rifles, mostly that they were Spanish army training rifles made out of left over mauser parts and fitted with Spanish assault rifle barrels so that they would resemble guns that Spanish military cadets would later use. As an FR-8 this gun is chambered for the 7.62 caliber NATO round. I don't know how rare these guns are but I do know that they sell on Gunbroker.com for $350-400, so I'm hoping this was a good investment. All in All its a cool little gun to take out to the range. The short barrel and big round lend itself to a big bang.

Markings on the Gun:

Top of receiver:
Simson & Suhl Co. 1916

Right of receiver:
"B" with a crown over it
CAL. 7.62

Left side of receiver:
FR8-32233 (it should be noted that the F is upside down)

On the barrel:
Made in Spain
C.A.I. AL8 VT

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Great find and price on a very unusual FR-8. Maybe even a one of a kind variant of them.
 

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Interesting. The Spanish arsenals were resourceful, so they must have yanked some receivers off the warehoused arms left from the Civil War besides using the M43s already at hand. The M44 Airforce rifles also had rear sites and other components taken off German rifles.
 

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Did that start out as a G98 or a K98A?
 
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