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Rakkasan 11-08-2010 03:15 PM

Help identifying this rifle:
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This is my first time posting here. I used to be in the U.S. Army infantry for four years, but my general knowledge of firearms is abysmal. I was wondering if any of you could help to identify this rifle for me? I would appreciate it.

cpttango30 11-08-2010 03:30 PM

M91 Carcano

Dillinger 11-08-2010 03:48 PM

I think Tango nailed that one. Appears to be one of the surplus models and has an eerie place in American history if you believe that Oswald made the shot. :rolleyes:


Rakkasan 11-08-2010 04:04 PM

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Thanks for the quick feedback, folks - quite stunning speed. I really do appreciate it more than you know. It is a former student of mine, and he acquired it from a relative and is proud of it. Here are a few more pictures, he will get me any markings on it later in the day so I can help him out with more information (what variant, what kind of ammo it fires, etc.).

cpttango30 11-08-2010 04:52 PM

During the 60's you could buy them out of the back of Guns and Ammo or American Rifleman for I think $2 to $5 with shipping. It came with everything as well I think. Not the greatest in Italian Firearm design but not bad shooters.

Oohrah 11-10-2010 06:46 PM

I have a complete barreled action of one of these, and they came in two different calibers. A 6.5, and I think the other 7.7. Ammo is probably pretty hard to find, but I believe Hornady does some military calibers. The one I have is the larger caliber, but lacks the wood and barrel bands. JFK was shot with one in the 6.5mm caliber. Neither was well thought of. All these military rifles will have some collector value, depending on it's condition.

robocop10mm 11-10-2010 09:42 PM

6.5 Carcano is my bet. Ammo is being loaded again I believe by Prvi Partisan. It requires a clip to load though. The clip feeds into the gun and drops out the bottom of the magazine when empty. The clips are available.

Catman 11-11-2010 05:43 PM

Good info above. I have one that came from Guns and Ammo mag. 15-20 $ range IIRC.

c3shooter 11-12-2010 12:09 AM

Have a smith examine for caliber. MOST are 6.5 Carcano. SOME are 7.35 Carcano. A FEW they tried to do in 8mm Mauser (bad idea- real bad). The 6.5 has modest recoil, and if the barrel and muzzle crown are good, decent accuracy.

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