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onceA6shooter
04-10-2006, 01:43 PM
I purchased my FN LAR about 24 years ago. Gun South Inc had made up a shirt and hat that I was able to get. The dirty FN patch on the left was removed from the hat after I wore it out. The shirt does not fit any more but I saved it. The second patch I got off of Gunbroker this year
http://img473.imageshack.us/img473/554/fnstuff0406000009hn.th.jpg (http://img473.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fnstuff0406000009hn.jpg)

I was a part-time FFL dealer from 79-96. Here are two FN brochures from the 1980's on LAR and FNC.
http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/8398/fnstuff0406000259ce.th.jpg (http://img57.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fnstuff0406000259ce.jpg)

I have always liked small pewter guns and pins but there were none for the LAR back then. I wrote to FN in 1983 to see if I could make up and sell some minatures of the LAR. I was politely turned down. Here is the letter I recieved.
http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/989/fnltr7bz.jpg

http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/4493/fnstuff0406000289dj.th.jpg (http://img57.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fnstuff0406000289dj.jpg)

I have been unable to post the letter in a readable format with Imageshack so here is the text.



BROWNING
@

Fabrique Natlonale Herstal S.A. Division Browning
B-4400 Herstal (Belgique)

THE MARKSMEN

MESA
ARIZONA 85204

U.S.A.

DB/BEX/TEM/PT/JP/JR

September 9th, 1983

Dear Sirs,

We thank you very much for your kind letter of August 15th, 1983 and for the interest you take in our products.

Unfortunately, at the time being, we have to decline your offer, as our Sales Politics in the States is under review.

Nevertheless, we will keep your letter in our files, so that we could contact you in the future.

In the meantime, we remain,

Yours faithfully,

FABRIQUE NATIONALE HERSTAL S.A.

J.PALACIN.
SALES ADMINISTRATOR.

P. THOELEN. SALES DELEGATE.

Direction - Marketing et Ventes : Tel. (041) 646555 - Telex: 041656 FNBRG Recherches - Production - Achats : Tel. (041) 64 08 00 - Telex :041223 FABNA C.C.P. 000-0015822-11. S.G.B. 240-0000064-68. T.V.A- 404.394.780. RC. Liege 1184



Several Years ago I found the FN Manufacturing Inc web site. I ordered a hat, coin and hat pin.
http://img473.imageshack.us/img473/1054/fnstuff0406000086tk.th.jpg (http://img473.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fnstuff0406000086tk.jpg)

It became my favorite hunting hat and was with me when I got this last September.
http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/4646/elkhunt2005000199pu.th.jpg (http://img57.imageshack.us/my.php?image=elkhunt2005000199pu.jpg)

Here is close up of the coin.
http://img473.imageshack.us/img473/9620/fnstuff0406000209eb.th.jpg (http://img473.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fnstuff0406000209eb.jpg)

The back side of the Coin.
http://img473.imageshack.us/img473/6688/fnstuff0406000214qs.th.jpg (http://img473.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fnstuff0406000214qs.jpg)

My FN collection. I got the small LAR from DSA
http://img473.imageshack.us/img473/9892/fnstuff0406000157po.th.jpg (http://img473.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fnstuff0406000157po.jpg)

The P90, Still waiting for my PS90.
http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/1270/fnstuff0406000149yh.th.jpg (http://img57.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fnstuff0406000149yh.jpg)

Esteves
04-10-2006, 01:49 PM
I _wish_ the FNMI company store hadn't closed down...

DmL5
04-10-2006, 02:37 PM
Nice collection. :)



- DmL

Lagniappe
04-10-2006, 08:25 PM
now that's loyalty.

jmz5
04-10-2006, 08:29 PM
nice collection and pix

onceA6shooter
04-11-2006, 12:00 AM
now that's loyalty.

Talking about Loyalty... About 6 years ago I wanted to get a good fireproof gun safe with an extra bonus from work. My wife and I went into a local shop that had several models. We had looked at a couple of them when we turned the corner and there sat a gloss black, Browning ProSteel safe with FN Security written on the front in red and gold letters.

My wife looked at it and then turned to me saying "I know which one were going to buy today."

I did not want to disappoint her (or me) and bought it. It's been a great safe. I would highly recomend them to anyone.

Nosferatu
04-11-2006, 12:41 AM
Man, I'd love to have one of those camo hats!

Nice collection you have there. The guys gave me some stuff at SHOT which I ended up giving to friends. I need to hit 'em up for some more! :)

Rypht
04-11-2006, 12:42 AM
Something like... this? :D

http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/safes/detail.asp?cat_id=160&type_id=42738&value=001F

btown02
04-11-2006, 09:41 AM
Great photos, and collection.

panzermk2
04-11-2006, 06:04 PM
Man, I'd love to have one of those camo hats!

Nice collection you have there. The guys gave me some stuff at SHOT which I ended up giving to friends. I need to hit 'em up for some more! :)


hijack
Will those same folks be at the NRA show/meeting in Milwaukee?

panzermk2
04-11-2006, 06:05 PM
very nice, looks like we have alot of catching up to do

onceA6shooter
04-12-2006, 01:26 AM
Something like... this? :D

http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/safes/detail.asp?cat_id=160&type_id=42738&value=001F


Yes indeed, that is the one.

And Panzermk2 .. I have been asking when FN will starting selling this stuff again, but I not heard of anything yet. Ask them about it if you get to the NRA show, though I don't know if they will be there or not.

I was the only FN Fanatic that I knew of for many years, but that has got change with all of the new products they are indroducing here in the US.

panzermk2
04-12-2006, 08:22 AM
I hope they are going to be there. I will have to log onto the NRA website to see if there is a floorplan yet. Thats one of the biggest reasons I'm going to the show.
FN and CZ are my favorites and I would be bummed if they weren't at the show

btown02
04-12-2006, 08:25 AM
We'll need a full report. :)

panzermk2
04-12-2006, 08:46 AM
If they are going to be there I will walk in my forum t-shirt on and ask if the guys NOS ran into at SHOT are there. Then you will see some very gratuitous ass kissing for FN swag

panzermk2
04-12-2006, 09:03 AM
FN will be there
booth 1409 F.N.H. USA, Inc
NOS are still in contact with your FN guys and will they be there?
Also any of the FN folks who lurk around here going to be there?

btown02
04-12-2006, 10:01 AM
If they are going to be there I will walk in my forum t-shirt on and ask if the guys NOS ran into at SHOT are there. Then you will see some very gratuitous ass kissing for FN swag
Make sure to get extras for trading material.

panzermk2
04-12-2006, 01:09 PM
Make sure to get extras for trading material.

I'll grab as much as I can, My head swims with the thoughts of what I could get you guys to cough up............I mean trade for
:p