1891 Carcano Terni 6523 Made in 1897
Italy's 6.5 x 52mm Model 1891 Carcano rifle was their response to the smokeless powder/small caliber bullet revolution in military arms that the French set in motion with their 1886 Lebel rifle. The Carcano's other peers were the German Gewehr Model 1888, the Russian Mosin Nagant M1891, America's Model 1892 Springfield (a licensed copy of the Danish designed Krag-Jorgensen), and the Austro-Hungarian M1895 Mannlicher rifle. Remarkably, the under-rated Carcano would soldier on, virtually unchanged, over 50 years through the end of World War Two. It was a sound design, simple to manufacture, and chambered in an easy to handle caliber.
Incredibly, we found a small cache of these barreled actions for your hobby consideration. They are not import marked so the must have been imported before 1968. These well traveled but restoreable M1891 Carcano rifle barreled actions, with shootable barrels and in many cases complete front and rear sights, were among the first 100,000 produced by Italian military arsenals prior to World War One. By the end of World War One, total production hit 2,000,000 after which comparatively few Carcanos were made. Instead, the existing guns were arsenal modified to newer configurations with shorter barrels. Since these guns were made in 1899, they can ship directly to you as an antique without having to transfer through an FFL dealer.
Refer to the detailed photos for the specific condition of this piece. All barreled action were photographed individually.
NO FFL needed.