1929 Pre-WORLD WAR II Italian PIETRO BERETTA 6.5mm Model 1991 Carbine C&R
Italian Bolt Action Magazine Fed CARCANO CARBINE
Here we present a C&R Italian Pietro Beretta Model 1891Carbine, manufactured circa 1929 at the Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta during a production run between 1989 and 1944. Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta is an Italian company that was founded in Italy in the 1400s with documented work as early as 1526 and still in business today, more commonly referred to as just “Beretta”. This was a short carbine stocked almost to the muzzle.
Carcano is the frequently used name for 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 round. It was developed by the chief technician Salvatore Carcano at the Turin Army Arsenal in 1890 and was originally called the Modello (model) 91 or simply M91. Successively replacing the previous Vetterli-Vitali rifles and carbines, 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 World War I and by Italian and some German forces during World War II.
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 Model 1938, together with a new cartridge in 7.35×51mm caliber. However, the Italian government was unable to successfully mass-produce the new arms in adequate quantities before the onset of World War II, 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.
Interestingly, the Carcano Model 1938 was the rifle owned by Lee Harvey Oswald and determined to be the John F. Kennedy assassination rifle.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is in good shape and has retained some of its shimmer. Solid stock overall with average wear from use. Many markings are obfuscated and worn. This example has what appears to be a black paint refinish.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 18 inches.
Caliber: 6.5mm Italian
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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