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My repro Guardie del Duce project

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:14 pm
by RenHoek
I've had the receiver engraved for a couple years and finally traded for more nickel plated parts. Since it's rainy today, I dived in converting an M41 handguard to M91 moschetto configuration. Got it mostly fitted - next step is to contour it properly. As always, once you take wood off, there's no putting it back so this will be a lengthy cut & try process.

Here are a few pics of it mocked up for fitting. I get the handguard where I want it, I'll check around for the best way to stain the beech black. Keeps me too busy to hit the taverns! :lol: Ren
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Re: My repro Guardie del Duce project

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:25 pm
by vandle
That is an interesting project, please keep us updated.
Have you got any other Carcano projects on the go? :mrgreen:

Cheers

Re: My repro Guardie del Duce project

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:41 pm
by RenHoek
Yes - volume 2 of Italy's Battle Rifle! I'm not sure if it will hit print this year, but work has begun on it. SW

Re: My repro Guardie del Duce project

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:04 pm
by vandle
That will be an interesting book.

I'm still trying to find volume 1.

Yes, i'm a closet Carcano enthusiast, don't judge me ok :lol:

Re: My repro Guardie del Duce project

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:32 am
by indy1919a4
I would love to know more about that crest, I never seen one before like that???

Re: My repro Guardie del Duce project

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:30 am
by RenHoek
It's a stylized fascist symbol specific to the moschettos carried by Mussolini's personal guards. None of those are known to exist outside museums and certainly none can be found in America. My project is to make a reproduction. Ren
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Re: My repro Guardie del Duce project

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:47 am
by indy1919a4
Very nice, was not aware of that crest before, Many thanks for sharing, May I ask how many rifles could have been marked with that originally..?? Also.. just to ask is there any info was this marked at the factory, or was it a later stamp.. put on after the rifles left the factory??? And is this stamp only on the folding bayonet carbines like you are working on and is in the photo???

Re: My repro Guardie del Duce project

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:15 pm
by RenHoek
I don't have the precise number, but my best guess is fewer than 100. The moschettos were made like this in one of the armories - probably Terni. You'll occasionally see another type - most often an M38 short rifle - advertised as used by Mussolini's personal guard, but only the moschetto was so altered.

His guard was an elite unit and could have their pick of equipment. You will see a lot of photos with them carrying Beretta SMGs. I even have a pic somewhere of a guard holding a Russian PPSh escorting Benito at some military event. Ren

Re: My repro Guardie del Duce project

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:18 pm
by indy1919a4
Many many thanks Ren...

Re: My repro Guardie del Duce project

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:22 am
by vandle
Its not a very well known subject, these carbines as well as the DUCA D'AOSTA 1891 moschetto. very elaborate engravings on the receiver and gold plating on certain parts. Very fancy and very rare.

Please keep us updated on your project. I love to see the final product.

Re: My repro Guardie del Duce project

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:57 pm
by Mike Sr
No offense intended, but that engraving kinda looks like a golf bag. It might just be my deteriorating vision.

Re: My repro Guardie del Duce project

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:30 pm
by roverboy
That's gonna be a nice rifle when you get done. Thanks for posting.