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Did Firearms International have Sako build their FN Mausers in the 1960's?

Discussion in 'Sako Mausers, Hi-Powers and Magnum Mausers' started by cavedog, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. cavedog

    cavedog Active Member

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    I have one, no barrel markings other than the FI, Wash DC marks. The trigger is clearly a Sako trigger and says 'Made In Finland' on the side. the barrel is not at all like the earlier FN Mausers that FI imported that are clearly FN made. Thanks!

     

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    Good Morning, Cavedog.
    I don't have the answer to your very good question, but I'm sure the answer will show up here soon.
    I see you are a new member of the Sako Forum. I want to extend a Welcome to you!
     
  3. misako50

    misako50 Sako-addicted

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    Cavedog- Firearms International built or had built some FN actioned rifles called "Musketeer" of which I have a .243. Sako was also still assembling the Sako High Power in the 60s prior to the introduction of the L61R. When you get a chance, post some pictures of your rifle. We'd like to see it.-Misako
     
  4. mcgrif2243

    mcgrif2243 Banned

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    Hey Cavedog,
    I have a Firearms International Musketeer mannlicher. Barrel is marked, "Firearms International Wash D.C." on the left side and, "Musketeer Cal .300 Win. Mag" on the right. Receiver is marked "FN Action - Made in Belgium. The trigger is an FN trigger. FI as well as Garcia were the importers for the FN Mauser Supreme also. Now, FI and Garcia literature I have actually reads that the Sako #4 trigger was recommended for use in the FN Supreme action. It also reads that the Sako trigger was a "perfect replacement for any Masuer 98 action, military or commercial". Back then, you could purchase Sako actions, barrels, barreled actions and triggers. You could also purchase FN Supreme actions and barreled actions. The Musketeer was an FI "Frankenstein" of sorts, using the FN action and Button Rifled barrels that rumor has it were supplied by High Standard. FI also came out with a Musketeer II, which may have been fitted with a #4 Sako trigger. Like Mike wrote, photo's would be great.
    Will
     
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    mcgrif2243 Banned

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    OK, did some quick research. FI literature for the Musketeer and Musketeer II reads that the rifles were fitted with a Sako trigger. As I mentioned, the trigger on mine is not Sako, but FN. Go figure. Hey Mike, is your trigger on your Musketeer Sako or FN?
     
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    misako50 Sako-addicted

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    Will- It is Sako by FINN[​IMG]
     
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    thanks guys - i will take a pic and post. it was a common model - depicted in the late 60s FI catalogs. an ok walnut stock, but coarse checkering - i dont recall the name.
     
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    Hey cavedog,
    If it was depicted in an FI catalog you have either an FN Supreme Mauser or a Musketeer.
    Will
     
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    mattimoose Well-Known Member

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    I have one of these "made in Finland" Triggers that I am incorporating into a Siamese Mauser action I have barreled to 7.62x54R. The barrel is a Santa Barbara and the receiver sight is a Steyr-Mannlicher.Although it will fit into any Mauser 98, it requires a commercial cocking piece as it is an escapist style trigger, and not a lever-style like the military Mauser.
     

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