Original Italian Fucile di Fanteria Modello 1891 Carcano Infantry Rifle Serial TA 7533 - Dated 1893

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This M-1891 Carcano Rifle was at the start of a massive manufacturing run of similar Models ordered by the Italian Government. The series of rifles is probably most well known for being used in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald, who used a Fucile di Fanteria Modello 91/38 (Model 1938 "infantry rifle"). However aside from that, the rifles were in service in front and rear line service for close to 90 years and Italy, and continue to be used to this day.

The design itself was introduced in 1891, and was chambered for the rimless 6.5×52mm Carcano cartridge (Cartuccia Modello 1895). It was developed by the chief technician Salvatore Carcano at the Turin Army Arsenal in 1890 and called the Modello (model) 91 or simply M91. Successively replacing the previous Vetterli-Vitali rifles and carbines in 10.35×47mmR, it was produced from 1892 to 1945 in various configurations. The M91 was used in both rifle (fucile) and shorter-barreled carbine (moschetto) form by most Italian troops during the First World War and by Italian and some German forces during the Second World War. The rifle was also used during the Winter War by Finland, and again by regular and irregular forces in Syria, Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria during various postwar conflicts in those countries.

Although this rifle is often called "Mannlicher–Carcano", especially in American parlance, neither that designation nor the name "Mauser–Parravicino" is correct. Its official designation in Italian is simply Modello 1891, or M91 ("il novantuno"). The magazine system uses en bloc charger clips which were originally developed and patented by Ferdinand Mannlicher, but the actual shape and design of the Carcano clip is derived from the German Model 1888 Commission Rifle.

This is a fine example of the earliest version of the Carcano Rifle, the Fucile di Fanteria Modello 1891 (infantry rifle Model 1891), which used a standard detachable blade bayonet. Later versions would experiment with bayonets that had folding blades, with limited success. The barrel knoxform is marked on the side with serial number TA 7533, and on the top it is marked BRESCIA, indicating that the rifle was produced at the Brescia Arsenal in Northern Italy. The other side of the knoxform is marked with the date of manufacture, 1893.

In an arc over the maker is TUBATA, Italian for "tubed", indicating that the barrel was reconditioned and sleeved at arsenal due to wear from the very hot and corrosive Ballistite Loaded ammunition used early on. The process was quite durable, and re-tubed barrels returned to front line service without issue. As it is now, the rifle has a good bore clear lands and grooves, and just a bit of fouling and wear overall.

The stocks are in good condition, with a great color and some minor wear. The Serial numbers on the bolt and stock do not match the receiver, so this is definitely a rifle that was in service and reconditioned at least once, probably when the barrel was sleeved. Left side buttstock has two faint arsenal cartouches. The metalwork has lots of the original blued finish, with just a bit of wood line rust and wear from service. Comes complete with correct original cleaning rod.

Made BEFORE 1899, so Federally considered an Antique. Ready to display.


Year of Manufacture: 1893
Caliber: 6.5×52mm Carcano (Cartuccia Modello 1895)
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 30.7 inches

Overall Length: 50.6 Inches
Action type: Bolt-Action
Feed System: 6 round internal magazine loaded by En-Bloc clip

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