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91/38 carbine

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91/38 carbine

#1 Post by timbo1955 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:04 pm

Those models that are marked SA in 7.35mm , were any returned to Italy during or after the war ? The reason I ask is that the one I have , the man who found it said he saw it in a barn in central Italy after the war was over and got it home in a duffel bag , then it sat in the garage until 1980 when he gave it to me , he thought it was a Mauser , rusted and dirty , he was a OSS guy back in the war and was pretty clear about the history , so now Im not so sure if he's thinking about the same rifle , any help would be appreciated

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Re: 91/38 carbine

#2 Post by S.B. » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:08 pm

I'm no expert on Carcanos but, a picture may help those who are?
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#3 Post by B32dominator » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:21 am

Think he’s telling you a story. Finland did not return their Carcanos, they stored them and sold them surplus in the 1950’s. Only known M-38s that stayed in Italy were never sent and are marked “Cal 7.35” on the buttstock. These are thought to be sent to the Russian front with Italy’s detachment their.

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#4 Post by junkbug » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:19 pm

On other forums, Italian members have stated that when Finland sold the surplus lot in the late 1950's to early 1960's, some small numbers were bought by Italian dealers and sold back to the Italian public. Sam Cummins did not buy every single one.

The original poster can only state that he has had the rife since 1980. Veterans gifting guns are famous for making up stories, even if they had really been there and done that.

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