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23 Nov 2020 7:52 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2020 7:48 p.m. PST

"The Carcano bolt action rifle was a series of rifles used by the Italian armed forces. The rifle originated in 1891 and used predominately by the Regio Esercito during World War Two.

In the late 1880s, following new technological developments in the field of small arms such as smokeless powder, arms factories started designing new and smaller cartridge types. In 1890, the Italian army adopted the new 6.35x52mm mannlicher carcano cartridge. However, this new cartridge required the development of a new infantry rifle, given that the Army's old Vetterli Vitali rifles implemented 10.35x47mm cartridges…"


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TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2020 8:47 p.m. PST

The Carcano has gotten a lot of grief over the years, but it's a fine enough rifle when using properly chambered versions.

saltflats192923 Nov 2020 9:35 p.m. PST

At what MOA does one consider a rifle "inaccurate "?

Old Wolfman24 Nov 2020 10:29 a.m. PST

Used to have one myself. 6.5 mm cal. Seen a few of the carbine length ones at a neighboring pawn shop.

cplcampisi24 Nov 2020 9:17 p.m. PST

While touching on all the designs in a short overview, some of the information appears to be a little off:

The Carcano was not used in the Italo-Abyssinian War of 1895-96. Its first military use was, inauspiciously, the suppression of a bread riot in Milan in 1898 -- the Bava Beccaris massacre.

From what I can tell, the M91 long rifle remained the standard infantry rifle, ostensibly to be replaced with the M38 short rifle, but that never completely happened. The M24 seems to have been made to increase the number of TS carbines for use by specialists (artillery?) from the very large stocks of M91's left over from WW1.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2020 12:08 p.m. PST



Wolfhag06 Jan 2021 4:08 p.m. PST

IIRC in WWII the US thought a rifle that was capable of firing a 2 MOA was accurate enough for combat. That does not mean it performed to that level in combat.


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