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thundermonty 07-27-2011 05:26 AM

What is this 8mm Carcano???
i have an 8mm mauser carcano. i dont know much about it and there aren't too many markings on it. hopefully someone can tell me the type of gun i have and some story behind it.

here is the gun in whole-

left side of gun-

here is the bottom of it-

on the bottom of the reciever there is an underlined S-

i found what seems to be an "sbT" -

there is a crown on it-

it says carcano, italy-

it says what seems to be "calst air VT"-

here is just the bottom part of the gun-

1180 is the serial-

7.9 on rear sight-

i have fired it and it works fine. also, what might the value of this gun be?

M14sRock 07-27-2011 06:48 AM

Some Carcanos were re-chambered in 8x57 by the Nazis. They were not safe to fire. The Carcano action cannot handle the pressure of the 8x57.

robocop10mm 07-27-2011 08:43 PM

7.92 X 57 is the proper European name for the cartridge we call the 8mm Mauser. It is not safe to fire in the Carcano action no matter what you call it.

M14sRock 07-27-2011 08:49 PM


Originally Posted by thundermonty (Post 551042)
here is this thread with fixed lniks:

the caliber for this is 7.92X57 which is totally safe to fire.

Sorry, bro, to reiterate my previous post it is NOT safe to fire.

7.92x57 IS 8x57 (8mm Mauser).

robocop10mm 07-27-2011 08:49 PM

The "VT" mark is from Century Arms St. Albans VT. That is the importer. All imported firearms must have the name of the importer stamped on them. Century Arms is perhaps best known for importing CETME rifle parts and employing monkeys to put them together with new receivers (and an assortment of US made parts). If Century is advertising this as safe to shoot with 7.92 ammo, it must be one of the monkeys doing the advertising.


thundermonty 07-27-2011 09:44 PM

thanks for the info so far. would anyone care to tell me why it is unfit to fire? i've fired about 8 rounds between yesterday and today. the previous owner used it as his main hunting rifle. i've taken it to a gunsmith who tested it and other than a tiny headspace problem, the gun is in really good condition.

c3shooter 07-27-2011 10:42 PM

Wartime attempt to "upgun" the Carcano action to use the same cartridge as their German allies- the 8mm Mauser. While the K98 is a strong action, the Carcano was for the 6.5 Carcano- much less energy, which was upped to a 7mm variant, which was THEN jumped to 8mm. IMHO, one jump too far. Did they all blow up with the first shot? Of course not. However, the rifle AS A MILITARY ARM, was less than durable.

Shihan 07-27-2011 11:25 PM

If M14sRock, Robo and C3 say not to shoot it, well, I sure as heck would not shoot it. Just saying.

canebrake 07-27-2011 11:29 PM

Asked and answered.

thundermonty 07-27-2011 11:41 PM

any telling the history of my gun in particular?

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