Rare Pre-Ban Belgium FN FNC .223 Rem Sporter 17.5” Semi-Auto Rifle FAL
SOLD FOR: $6575
Our Assessment: The FN FNC was developed between 1975 and 1977. After almost 10 years of revision it eventually found success in international markets. Indonesia was the first country to adopt the rifle, purchasing approximately 10,000 units for its air force in 1982. The Indonesian government then acquired a license for PT Pindad to manufacture the rifle for all branches of the armed forces. Sweden also held trials for the FNC, and after being impressed by its efficiency and utility, adopted a modified version for domestic production in 1986, naming it the Ak 5.
The FNC was finally adopted by the Belgian Armed Forces in 1989, replacing the FN FAL as the service-wide rifle after being issued in small numbers to airborne infantry units. The rifle is also used by the armed forces of Tonga.
There were about 6,000 units created in Semi-Auto configurations designated with .223 rem Sporter before 1989, most of which were then converted to fully automatic rifles by licensed gunsmiths. This rifle is an original import in Excellent condition and will make a beautiful and rare addition to any collection or FN FAL arsenal. Please see specs below and good luck!
Serial Number: FN038086
Year of Manufacture: Pre 1989
Action Type: Semi-Automatic
Markings: The left side of receiver is marked with the FN Herstal Logo “F.N.C 5,56 / F.N. 038086 FABRIQUE NATIONALE HERSTAL / MADE IN BELGIUM / GUN SOUTH INC., TRUSSVILLE AL. / CAL .223 REM. SPORTER”. The left side of the frame is marked, “S 1” for safe and semi options.
Barrel Length: 17.5”. 19” with grenade launcher muzzle device.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an adjustable post between two protective wings. The rear sight is an adjustable L-Type aperture up to 400m. The front sight also has a flip up grenade launcher sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The buttstock is a side folding stock with a sling loop and polymer buttplate. The pistol grip is smooth polymer. The handguard is polymer with finger grooves over an aluminum barrel guard. The barrel has a free spinning sling ring. The left side of the receiver has a sling loop. The LOP measures 14.5” from the front of the trigger to the back of the unfolded buttstock. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Magazine Quantity & Condition: None.
Type of Finish: Black
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is very bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its finish. The balance of the finish shows some light scratches on the receivers and buttstock. The screw heads are sharp and pins are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this Pre-Ban rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.