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Guys: Here is a Mle 36-51 with walnut furniture. I have seen a few others in this late F series with walnut also, but this one is only AMN not rebuilt example I have ever seen in the flesh...

The range scale on the launcher is polished off to emphisize the numbers, only original guns are like this, during rebuild, they did not do this, same with the rear sight scale....

Notice the type font is the same on the receiver and the fore end, and they stamped a space after the "F"....very interesting practice..Most likely the reception committe did these guns in batches, maybe 100 at a time, and partially stamped the series letter and number, then added the digits as necessary.

The series number on the stock is cut with a pantograph engraver, not stamped.

The F series up to about F 10000 had a horizontal series number, then in Jan 54, the began to stamp the number vertically, and moved the stock stamping to be visible with a boot installed, and relocated the fore end number to side of the stock from the bottom. I have noted this in the FH series of the Mle 36 and the above mentioned case.

I have not examined a non rebuilt Mle 49, so it is hard to say, but one presumes the same practice was followed with this rifle as well.

Dale
 

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Gentlemen: I suppose that an original laucher tube could be used as a replacement during rebuild, this is just a clue as to status that I go by. Many of these are found in the US rebuilt as new, with all sorts of mismatched parts, except the bolt of course!

This gun gets no respect, and needs some more study by us "experts"....

Dale
 
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