View of the M1891/41 Carcano infantry rifle, a charger of 6.5x52mm Carcano ammunition and the issue M1891 bayonet and frog.
Left side view.
Serial number stamped into butt over older (same) serial number. this stock was retained during refurbishment. Original Terni cartouche is just visible.
Bottom of magazine showing the mannilcher clip's ejection slot.
Trigger and charger release button.
Left side view of action - note the proper straight bolt handle, often replaced with a bent bolt by importers in the 1960's.
Note the peculiar Carcano rear sight. The M41 sight is shorter than the M91 sight.
Note the barrel band which allows the sling to be attached in two configurations.
Nose cap and cleaning rod.
Right side view of action.
Rear sight in forward battle sight position.
Note hte band spring.
Cleaning rod channel.
Closeup of band spring.
Front sight assembly.
View of M41 rear sight. Note the terni stamps on the ramp and leaf.
Leaf is closed for longer range shooting.
Note the FAT cartouche and the I block serial number. There is minor piting that's been blued over during refurbishment. It is localized to the barrel shank and receiver ring makign it easy to imagine it was caused by blood, but tht is pure speculation. The bore and remainder of the metal is in excellent condition,
Here we see the Italian firing proof overstruck with the Tiro a Segno Nazionale marking (Two crossed rifles superimposing a bullseye target). Italy did not use scoped sniper rifles in WW2. Rifles selected for demonstrated accuracy were given the TSN stamp and were issued to proven marksmen to act in the sniper role. About 5% of infantry rifles are so marked.
Inspection stamp in the stock behind the tang.
Note the checkered safety and knurled cocking piece.
Note the inspection stamp on the root of the bolt. Carcano bolts are generally not numbered to the rifle after about 1915 or so.
Markings found on this K98k style Italian sling which copied the German design. Note that "Corso" is sling in Italian. The meaning of the markings is unknown.
"Hurrah for the 21st military instructions course (class). S.A. are the initials of the soldier" (feedback by Claudio)
Note the Terni marking on the buttplate tang.
Note the Terni proof on the receiver ring.
Top view of the Carcano split-bridge receiver.
Inspection stamp in stock wood.
Terni cartouche on the underside of the forestock.
Note the similarity to the K98k sling.
Buttstock sling slot.
Note the stitching pattern on the Italian sling and lack of rivets. This is an uncommon original Italian M1891/41 sling, not a copy.
Bolt locking lugs.
Bolt face. Note the recessed circular channel to aid in gas channelling if a case ruptures.
Inspection stamp at root of bolt handle.
Cocking piece markings - unsure which subcontrctor this is.
Crown proof on bolt handle. It is believed this is a firing proof.
Note the late pattern exrtactor that does not bisect the locking lug.
The M1891 bayonet mounted on the rifle.
Bayonet blade with short false-edge.
Charger clip of 6.5x52mm amunition. The rifle requires a charger clip to feed.
mouth of scabbard.
Note the formed metal scabbard.
Note the crown over 42 ink stamp on the bayonet frog.