Sometimes you just don't learn till you become an old buzzard. When I was around seven years old I was given my first gun by a family friend who brought it back at the end of WWII. It's an Italian Vetterli-Vitali model 1870/87 in caliber 10.35x47R(10.4x47R) not to be confused with the 10.4 pistol cartridge. I used to take that darn thing apart and clean it all the time. This was the early 50's so kids liked playing soldier all the time, even with real guns. Today if a neighbor saw a little kid running around with a rifle in an alleyway they'd have the cops down and the parents would have cuffs thrown on them. This would also be on the news. Without me knowing my grandfather took a chisel to the tip of the firing pin for safety reasons. I've owned many guns in my life and made sure that rifle was stored away for sentimental reasons. It was usually stuck in the corner of a cellar and totally ignored unless it had to be moved out of the way for some reason. A while back I dragged it out and cleaned it up. I looked at it real close and said to myself it was interesting and it deserved being shot. I even looked it up on You Tube and watched someone shooting it. I also researched it well and became fascinated with it. It turns out to be worth more than I realized. This rifle was made in 1875 and was originally a single shot. In 1887 the military converted it to a repeater by adding a 4 shot box magazine. Those rifles were used everywhere, including Russia. There were other models made including a Swiss model in 41 Swiss RF. In 1915, due to weapon shortages during WWI, the Italians converted many of the model 1870/87's to 6.5 Carcano and designated it the model 1870/87/15. They sleeved the barrels and changed the box magazine to a flat one, which is similar to the Carcano rifle. These rifles can be dangerous to fire due to the increase in the power of the 6.5, but many are being shot today due to the availability of the ammo. Mine is in the hands of a gunsmith now and should be functioning again within the next 2, or 3 weeks. Other than the pin it is in real nice shape compared to others I've seen. I located an obsolete ammo maker and will be purchasing some ammo for a day of fun that's been on the back burner for almost 60 years. I just wish my grandpa could be with me when I do finally shoot it. I recommend that anyone with a gun that's been handed down through the family that's in shootable condition to do just that, shoot it.