WORLD WAR I Italian BRESCIA ARSENAL Model 1891 6.5mm C&R CAVALRY Carbine
MOSCHETTO per CAVALLERIA with INTEGRAL FOLDING BAYONET!
Here we present a C&R Brescia Arsenal Italian Carcano Model 1891 Moschetto per Cavalleria, or Cavalry Carbine, manufactured in 1916 during a production run between 1891 and 1919. This Carcano is a half-stocked cavalry carbine, with the unmistakable triangular folding bayonet which is fixed to a permanent muzzle mounting and hinges back under the stock, into a slot there. The Brescia Arsenal was a small arms factory located in Brescia, Italy, and active from the early 19th century to the end of World War II. Many kinds of small arms in use by the Regio Esercito were overhauled in the Brescia Arsenal, including the Vetterli rifle and the Carcano rifle in its many versions. Built-in assembly lines produced thousands of the latter, including the entire lot of the M91 TS (Special Troops) Carbine.
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, 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.
This Moschette Modello 1891, or more commonly referred to as the Musketoon Model 1891, sported an integral folding bayonet and a 17.7 inch barrel. These were initially made to be issued to Cavalry Troops but were however issued to other troops as well, such as the Carabinieri Reali, Bersaglieri Ciclisti and later to the Paratroopers and the MVSN Troops. 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.
The overall condition is good. Good, functioning action. The bore has visible rifling and is in good shape. The stock is solid, though it cannot hide its age or experience. “1916” dated barrel.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 17-3/4 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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