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Big-Nasty 06-10-2012 05:53 AM

Rare semi autos?????
I've heard about the semi auto BAR's and PKM's. Not the BAR hunting rifles, the first true BAR's. And not the AK style PKM's, the 7.62x54R belt fed PKM's. What else is out there that was made semi auto for a short period of time?

Garadex 06-10-2012 05:56 AM

Unfortunately nothing I can afford.

jismail 06-10-2012 04:46 PM

if non-military is ok, look at a Remmington model 81. it is built similar to a BAR and i believe was a JB design. i comes in numerous caliber with the most desired being the .300

Trez 06-10-2012 05:21 PM

Mexican Mondragon, Chinese Liu rifle are the only two I can think of right now...

TLuker 06-10-2012 06:00 PM

FN49's weren't produced very long. They were design before WWII in Belgium (by John Browning's assistant) but then war prevented them from going into production. They were eventually produced after WWII but were pretty much obsolete by that point. They were soon replaced by an updated version, the FN FAL.

I have one in 7mm Mauser and as far as I know it's the only semi auto 7mm Mauser.? They were produced in a few other calibers for various 3rd world countries. No one other than 3rd world nations needed a semi auto battle rifle immediately following WWII. The US had a huge surplus of Garands (which we gave to allies) and all the WARSAW nations had to buy from the Soviets. There wasn't much of a market left after that.

It's a great gun though and I would put it up against any other semi auto battle rifle from that period. :)

hiwall 06-10-2012 06:09 PM

There is the fairly rare Winchester model 55 single shot automatic 22 rifle. Like a machine gun it fired from an open bolt. The firing pin was a small solid projection on the bolt face. Another interesting thing about the gun was it shared the same model number as the Winchester model 55 lever-action deer rifle(a model 94 variant).

robocop10mm 06-11-2012 12:23 PM

Man, I would LIVE a 7mm FN 49. That would be the icing on my 7mm section.

texaswoodworker 06-11-2012 01:02 PM


Originally Posted by hiwall (Post 831504)
There is the fairly rare Winchester model 55 single shot automatic 22 rifle.

That's an oxymoron isn't it? :D :p

303tom 06-11-2012 03:11 PM

There is everything out there from the M1919 to the Ma Duce.................

therewolf 06-11-2012 05:47 PM

Check out the SVT-38 and SVT-40. 7.62x54R semi-autos from


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