We have a few 91/24 carbines left in stock. They are in fair condition. They might have a minor crack in the handguard. May have small cracks in the stock and will have typical dings, dents, scratches, etc. Overall they will clean up nicely, but do need some light work. We also have the antique option, only 1 available as of 8/22/2022 for $449.99. Please call if you would like to purchase this antique carbine. These are the last of the 91/24 carbines!
The Model 1891/24 rifle is a product of the modernization process in the Italian army which utilized the old WW1 full length rifles and shortened them into carbines. The condition is fair. This carbine is a must for every serious collector of Italian small arms. May not include original cleaning rod. Original cleaning rods can be purchased in addition to a rifle over the phone for $24.95.
Original very rare Carcano Model 1891/24 carbine.
These carbines are used and show their history. These are military rifles which
have served in WW1, Italy and finally in Ethiopia. You can expect some battle
scars and wear.
The Carcano Carbines are complete and functional. The guns
have seen extensive combat. Stocks have dents, dings, scratches, gouges, and
show signs of handling and storage. Further concerning the stocks, most stocks
are solid but some may have small cracks and/or in some cases even a little
trench art. We have not found any that are broken or unsafe to use as these
have all been sorted. You can expect a piece of history which has a tremendous
historical and collector value.
The rifles have varies degrees of finish. Some guns have
excessive wear, some have up to 50% of original finish.
We do offer a hand select in which we will pick the best of
10 from any particular group. There is a $50.00 hand-select fee involved.
Some stocks may possibly have trench art (field carvings).
Others may have some silver thumb tags resembling a cross. Remember that
Ethiopia’s population is 50% Christian and 50% Muslim.
As a Parts of our pre delivery inspection we cycle the bolt
and the trigger is pulled to check for dry fire function. I have no doubt that
all of these rifles will function properly. However, as with all surplus
firearms, it is important to follow all safety protocols before firing.
Important Safety Warning - Please note, as with any surplus
firearm we advise that you have the rifle inspected by a competent gunsmith
before firing. In addition, all cosmoline needs to be thoroughly cleaned from
the firearm... especially from the bore, the gas system, trigger group and the
bolt group and special care needs to be taken to ensure that the firing pin
moves freely within the lower bolt.
The positive about of the Carcano carbines ...
These are C & R Eligible
You will receive a true piece of history which has seen
extensive service on varies theaters.
They are historically significant and make a fine addition
to any collection.....
History of the Carcano Model 1891 Rifle:
A series of Italian bolt-action, magazine-fed, repeating
military rifles and carbines. Introduced in 1891, this rifle 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. 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
Until 1938, all M91 rifles and carbines were chambered for
the rimless 6.5×52mm Modello 1895 cartridge, using a round-nose metal case
bullet of 160 grains weight at approximately 2,000-2,400 ft/s muzzle velocity,
depending upon barrel length. At least one small arms authority noted
inconsistencies in powder types in arsenal-loaded 6.5×52mm military ammunition,
often with different powder types and ammunition lots intermixed within a
single clip of ammunition. The practice of intermixing powder types and
ammunition lots in clipped rifle ammunition was generally avoided by arsenals
of other nations, as it frequently resulted in varying bullet velocities and
excessive bullet dispersion on the target.
After reports of inadequate performance at both short and
long ranges during the campaigns in Italian North Africa (1924-1934), and
the Second Italo-Abyssinian War (1934), the Italian army introduced a new short
rifle in 1938, the Modello 1938, together with a new cartridge in 7.35×51mm
caliber. In addition to the slightly larger caliber, Italian ordnance designers
introduced a spitzer-type bullet for the new cartridge, with the tip filled
with aluminum to produce an unstable (tumbling) projectile upon impact in soft
tissue (a design most likely copied from the .303 British Mk VII bullet).
However, the Italian government was unable to successfully
mass-produce the new arms in adequate quantities before the onset of war, and
in 1940, all rifle and ammunition production reverted to 6.5 mm, but no 7.35 mm
Mod. 38 rifles nor carbines were ever re-barreled to the old 6.5×52mm caliber.
Some Italian troops serving on the Russian front were armed with 7.35 mm Mod.
1938 rifles, but exchanged them in 1942 for 6.5×52 mm arms.
Model 91 Bayonet
Approximately 94,500 7.35mm Modello 1938 rifles were shipped
to Finland, where they were known as Terni carbines (from the Terni stamp with
the royal crown, the logo or seal of the Regia fabbrica d’armi di Terni arsenal
where they were manufactured). They were primarily used by security and
line-of-communications troops during the Winter War of 1939–1940, though some
frontline troops were issued the weapon. According to reports, the Finns
disliked the rifle. With its non-standard 7.35 mm caliber, it was
problematic to keep frontline troops supplied with good quality, or any
ammunition at all, and its non-adjustable rear sight (fixed for 200 m) made it
ill-suited for use in precision shooting at the varied ranges encountered by
Finnish soldiers during the conflict. Despite this, it's worth noticing that
the Finns themselves modified the fixed optics on the rifle to operate from a
range of 200 m to only 150 m. Whenever possible, Finnish soldiers discarded
the weapon in favor of rifles acquired on the battlefield, including
standard models of captured Soviet-made Mosin–Nagant rifles. The latter had the
advantage of using commonly available 7.62×54mmR ammunition. By the outbreak of
the Continuation War, the remaining Mod. 1938 7.35 mm rifles were issued to the
Finnish Navy, as well as anti-aircraft, coastal defense, and other second-line
(home front) troops.
In 1941, the Italian military returned to a long-barrelled
infantry rifle once again (slightly shorter than the original M91), the Carcano
M91/41. True sniper versions never existed, but in World War I a few rifles
were fitted with telescopic lenses and issued for service use (World War II
scoped rifles were strictly prototypes).
Several lots of Moschetti M91/38 TS (special troops'
carbines) were chambered for the German 8×57mm Mauser sS heavy ball round. This
modification entered service in 1943, just before the Italian capitulation.
Two small batches of Moschetti M91/38 TS carbines shows barrels marked 1938 and
1941, but they were not used at these times with any Italian forces, and their
peculiar serial numbering suggests that these might just be rebored unused
surplus barrels that were converted with other ones after 1945. Many 7.92 mm
Carcano carbines were apparently exported to Egypt after World War II, where
they served as drill and training carbines. Several also bear Israeli armed
forces markings. The occasionally used model moniker "Model 1943
(M43)" for these converted 7.92mm rifles is wrong, as they were never so
designated by the Italian military.
German forces captured large quantities of Carcanos after
Italy's capitulation in September 1943. It was the most commonly issued rifle
to the German Volkssturm ("People's Militia") units in late 1944 and
After World War II, Italy replaced its Carcano rifles first
with British Lee–Enfields and then with the US .30 caliber (7.62 mm) M1 Garand
semi-automatic rifle, which the Italians labeled the 'Model 1952 (M52).
Finland sold all of its approximately 74,000 remaining 7.35 mm M91/38 Carcano
rifles on the surplus market. As a consequence, large quantities of surplus
Carcanos were sold in the United States and Canada beginning in the 1950s. In
Italy, the Polizia di Stato and the Carabinieri retained the Moschetto 38
TS, retiring it from service in 1981. Captured 6.5mm Carcano rifles were
used by Greek forces post-war, with ammunition supplied by U.S. Western
Cartridge Co. Some were also converted to 6.5×54mm Mannlicher–Schönauer, one of
the standard cartridges of the Greek military at the time.
During the Libyan Civil War in 2011, many rebels went into
battle with their personally-owned weapons, including old bolt-action rifles
and shotguns. Of these, Carcano-style rifles and carbines have been the most
frequently observed style of bolt-action rifle. They were predominantly used by
rebels in the Nafusa Mountains. These old weapons saw combat once again due to
the rebels' limited access to modern firearms. Additionally, some Libyan rebels
preferred to use their familiar hunting weapons over the more modern, yet
unfamiliar, assault rifles available. According to Al-Fitouri Muftah, a
member of the rebel military council overseeing the western mountain front, as
many as 1 in 10 rebels in the region were armed with World War II-era