Watch this segment of American Rifleman Television's "I Have This Old Gun" to learn about the history and development of the Fabrique Nationale Model 1949 gas-operated, semi-automatic service rifle, which was made for several nations following World War II in several calibers.
It was the first successful semi-automatic shotgun design, and its 96 years of production are a tribute to the enduring genius of John Moses Browning.
After the liberation of Belgium’s Fabrique Nationale by G.I.s in 1944, demand for pistols—and then deer rifles—helped the gunmaker recover from the cataclysm of World War II.
The U.S. Joint Combat Pistol Program didn’t exactly come to fruition within the military, but it did cause a number of manufacturers to produce new service-type handguns that consumers now get to enjoy. One of those is the FNX-45 from FNH USA, a polymer-frame, hammer-fired, double-action/single-action pistol based on the model FNH developed for the program.