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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:07 pm 
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From the beginning of last year, when I was first introduced with correct information to Carcano rifles, to now, I have always liked the look of the Model 91/38 Fucile Corto. It has good lines, it's compact, and it has ties to the German K-98... honestly, they were just trying to copy it in several ways...

But anyway, I had tried and tried to find a Fucile Corto that was NOT in 7.35 mm, and was NOT Finnish stamped... those are all too common and well overpriced. I wanted the 6.5 mm version because let's be honest... it's easier to reload and around here I always find more 6.5x52 Carcano...

On my birthday, I won that dreamy little rifle in an auction. Put me back 300 dollars, but I don't care. This thing is packed with history, and I'm hoping you guys can help tell me more about the unusual markings and the metal disc in the stock...

While I await your replies, I will be cleaning about 4,000 pounds of cosmoline out of the rifle...


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:13 pm 
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Just a few more... but these pictures can be compared to Italian homemade pasta... you gotta have more!


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It's another artifact of partisan war in Albania or the Balkans. The mark under the stock is called the "six slice pie". We don't know the meaning but it's only seen on items from that part of the world.

A serial number isn't seen on Carcano receivers unless they came from Albania. It was a requirement for importation.

When the Italian king surrendered to the allies in 1943, the RE divisions fighting partisans in Albania no longer had a reason to be there. So they negotiated a deal with the communist guerrillas they could simply abandon their equipment and leave in peace. The partisans then had equipment for 5 full divisions = a lot of Carcanos.

Besides Albania, the guns were shared with other communists in Greece and what used to be Yugoslavia. The tack was clearly added by a bored soldier. You will also see designs such as Greek Orthodox crosses pressed into the wood.

Rifles from Albania are nearly always badly beaten up and have literally been *soaked* in cosmolene.

While some folks turn their nose up at such things, there's a lot of history to be contemplated here. Ren

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