Archive for Rifles

Italian Carcano 7.35mm Ammunition

Posted in Ammunition with tags , , , , on April 16, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_Italy_(1861-1946)The other day I bought a Carcano Model 38 Carbine in 7.35×51 calibre. When I get these rifles I try to get just a small quantity of representative ammunition for them. Here are two slightly different issues of the 18 round carton for this rifle. The first is manufactured by SMI, Società Metallurgica Italiana in 1939, the second by Sezione Pirotechnico R.E. in Bologna, also in 1939. This round was introduced because of feedback saying the 6.5 Carcano round performed poorly in Abyssinia in 1936. Typically the Italians screwed up and actually made this projectile lighter than the one it was to replace.

M38 Carcano Infantry Carbine

Posted in Firearms with tags , , on April 14, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_Italy_(1861-1946)The Fucile di Fanteria Mod. 1938. The standard short rifle adopted by the Italian Army in 1938. The rifle is in 7.35×51 calibre. This one is a bit of a bush pig, rough but cheal. It was manufactured by Terni in 1939. The 7.35 round was adopted to give the Italians a heavier hitting round than the prior 6.5 Carcano. The rifle was unusual for incorporating a detachable folding bayonet, seen below or here.


Partisans of the Slovenian Cancarjeve Brigade in Ljubljana in May 1943. The rifles are captured Italiam Carcano M38’s.

G33/40 Mountain Carbine

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , on November 18, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svg800px-Flag_of_Czechoslovakia Next up on the wall is a sweet, all matching, G33/40 Mountain Carbine. These rifles were essentially a German copy of the vz33 but considerably lightened by scavenging metal from any place they could find on the rifle to remove. Note the hollow bolt. The rifle is also characterised by the plate that extends up the stock from the butt plate. This was intended to protect the rifle from damage due to being used as a walking stick. The rifle, in addition to being issued to Gebirgsjäger, was also issued to any light infantry such as the Fallschirmjäger. Known for their brutal kick and excessive flash due to the light weight and short barrel, these were only made between 1940 and 42. The 945 code here is the early code for Brno, later it changed to dot.

Arisaka Type-99 Infantry Rifle

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , on October 22, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgThe latest rifle in the box, a beautiful Type 99 infantry rifle in as found condition. This rifle was intended to replace the smaller caliber Type-38 found here. The 7.7mm round was found to be more effective at dropping the enemy and less likely to be deflected by light cover. This example comes with its original monopod and anti-aircraft sights as well as an intact Chrysanthemum. Brilliant! Ammunition for this can be seen here. The rifle was manufactured at the Nagoya Arsenal in mid to late 1943. It is a 4th series example and was one of the last to have the monopod fitted.


Japanese soldier using the Type-99 during the occupation of Indochina, 1940

1939 Mauser K98 Infantry Rifle

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , on August 24, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgHere’s a great shooter Kar-98 that I recovered a couple of weeks go. Originally manufactured by Berlin-Lübecker Maschinenfabrik in 1939, the rifle is matching numbers in it’s action and barrel. The rifle came to me as a shooter in a monte-carlo stock and I had an empty early wood set in the gun box just for this reason.

The stock all matches itself except for the end cap which is an Erma manufactured cap from the right period. So a stock mismatch but great for a shooter. You will note the “Germany” stamped into the barrel. This indicates a post-1968 import mark.

The stock is devoid of dirty birds so I expect that it is a Norwegian post-war reuse set. Still beats a Russian capture but not in the same rank as a fully matched rifle like my other one here.

Italian M91/41 Rifle

Posted in Firearms with tags , , on July 1, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_Italy_(1861-1946)This is what happens when you start running low on German rifles to buy. You start branching out a little. I say a little because this is still a WW2 Axis weapon but I realise I am drifting to the dark side.

This rifle is a 1941 dated M91/41 long rifle (fucile) in 6.5×52 calibre, manufactured by FAT (Terni). All matching, only thrown into a ditch once! No honestly, it’s a ugly Mannlicher like rifle that doesn’t deserve its post-war reputation for poor accuracy. Most of that comes from undersized commercial rounds fed to the surplus market. This example has its original straight bolt. I have read that unscrupulous importers bent the bolts on these rifles hoping to confuse buyers into thinking they were “Italian Mausers”.

Enfield Number 4 Mark 1*

Posted in Firearms with tags , , on January 2, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is a Canadian made Enfield Mark 4 Number 1*, manufactured in 1943 by The Long Branch Arsenal in Toronto, Canada. This rifle, in .303 caliber was the main battle rifle of all the British and Empire forces during most of WW2. This rifle came to me as a bit of a ruin, with a wrecked stock, although the hardware was good and the rifle was all matching. I found an unissued stock (albeit S for short) in England and married the two together along with original Canadian made breech cover and sling. The pig sticker bayonet was characteristic of the Number 4 and replaced the blade bayonet of the Number 3 rifle.

The group in the photo immediately above are men from the Canadian 48th Highlanders in Regalbuto, Sicily, 1943. The man in the white striped helmet is their Padre.