Gun From The 1890 S


123/s-WIDE X 463/4-LONG

Cross section of wood rifle case.

Lumber for Top:

2 pes. x 3V2" x 12^" 1 pc. plywood, Va" x 12Va" x 46%"

Other Materials:

Brads. Vs" common nails, 2" finishing nails, glue. 2 brass hinges, 2 brass luggage fasteners. 1 luggage handle, 21 ft. of 1/16" x V*" felt weather stripping. 1 sq. ft. of felt. 1 sq. ft. of 1/4" foam rubber.

Rubber Adhesive Weatherstripping Gun

The Italian Carcano Rifle

Vetterli Vitali

By Edward J. Hoffschmidt

In the 1890's Italy desired a modern smokeless-powder military rifle to replace the obsolete Vetterli-Vitali. Lt. Col. Salvatore Carcano and Col. G. Parravicino developed it. The resulting gun incorporates Mauser features in the action and has a Mannlicher-type feed system. It was made in several models, such as 1891 rifle and carbine, and above illustrated 1938 short rifle. The disassembled one is the 1891 carbine. All are mechanically the same.

When compared with its contempo raries, the Carcano is not a poor gun. The bolt design, with solid head and fixed extractor, is extremely simple. There is no third locking lug, but the bolt handle locks forward of the receiver ring and acts as a safety lug.

Disposable clip required

A disposable clip is a necessary part of the feed system. A 6-shot-capacity steel or brass clip is retained by a latch in the magazine well. The spring-loaded follower forces the cartridges up into the path of the bolt. While the system lends itself to rapid loading and unloading, the gun becomes a single-shot if only loose ammunition is available.

Mannlicher-Carcano rifles are sometimes erroneously called Terni rifles. The name R. E. Terni is commonly stamped into the stock. Actually the Terni plant was only one of a number of plants that manufactured Carcano parts and assembled the guns.

Mannlicher-Carcano rifles and carbines are found commonly in 2 cali-

Mannlicher Parts

Parts Legend

1. Cocking piece nut retainer

2. Retainer spring

3. Retainer pin

4. Cocking piece nut

5. Cocking piece

6. Safety catch

7. Firing pin spring

8. Firing pin

9. Bolt

10. Extractor

11. Assembled bolt

12. Carbine barrel and receiver

13. Sear pin

14. Ejector

15. Sear spring

16. Bolt stop

17. Trigger

18. Sear

19. Trigger pin

20. Plunger and spring

21. Bayonet hinge

22. Bayonet

23. Front band

24. Front band screw

25. Handguard

26. Carbine stock

27. Follower

28. Follower spring

29. Follower housing

30. Follower hinge pin

31. Housing retainer screw

32. Front guard screw

33. Trigger guard & magazine

34. Clip latch pin

35. Clip latch

36. Clip latch spring

37. Rear guard screw bers, 6.5 mm. and 7.35 mm. In the late 1930's the 6.5 mm. cartridge case was revised to handle a cal. 7.35 mm. bullet. Although the cal. 7.35 mm. cartridge was a better military round, the Italians went back to the 6.5 mm. before the end of World War II.

Mannlicher Terni Cartridges

1A 6-shot clip is a necessary part of the Mannlicher-style feed mechanism. The packet of cartridges is pressed into the magazine well until caught by the latch. To unload gun, open bolt and press clip latch (35). The empty clip falls out bottom of magazine as last round is fed

Carcano Magazines

3 Although it is possible to remove the entire firing pin assembly by rotating the safety catch as illustrated in Fig. 4, it is safer to disassemble the firing mechanism in the bolt. To do so, first push down cocking piece nut retainer (1) and unscrew cocking piece nut (4)

Rifle Bolt Assembly
tractor is peened or hammered to the bolt to help retain it. If peened too tightly, it may snap off if an attempt is made to pry it out as shown. Round hole in bolt and small slot beneath extractor are only outlets provided for gas escape

Italian Carcano rifles usually show a great deal of rough hand finishing. The safety catch is awkward and trigger pull uniformly hard. Cal. 6.5 mm. Carcanos are rifled with a progressive twist, but cal. 7.35 mm. rifles have a constant rifling twist.

Carcano Demontieren

2 The Carcano has a simple bolt stop (16). To remove bolt, pull it to rear and at same time pull trigger. To disassemble bolt, rotate cocking piece (5) to fired position as shown. This relieves tension on firing pin spring (7)

Pistola Benelli
catch (6) forward slightly until the small lug is free of its bayonet-type notch in the bolt. Rotate safety and ease it down cam groove until it drops into small notch near end of cam groove. Turn small lug into this notch and pull safety free of bolt. Then remove firing pin (8) and spring (7)
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6 Follower (27) is operated by a very powerful spring (28). To replace follower hinge pin (30), it is necessary to compress this spring to align the pin. To do so, insert a screwdriver through slots in follower housing (29). Drive it in until follower spring is compressed enough to allow follower some freedom of motion ■

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