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Japanese WWll rifle made in Italy

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by jbett98, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I recently picked up an old WWll rifle made in Italy by the Gardone Arsenal for the Japanese Navy in an estate sale.
    It's called a Carcano Type 1 in 6.5 mm. Only 60,000 were made.
    Does anyone have any personal experience with this make/model of rifle.
    It's in pretty good shape and appears not to have been fired very much, or not all all.
    Any collectible interest with this hybrid.
     
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  2. BSG 75

    BSG 75 Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have one, but I haven't fired it yet.

    Top to bottom:
    Carcano M1891
    Type I
    Arisaka Type 38

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  3. 1BigGuy

    1BigGuy Eastern Washington New Member

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    Yes, they are collectible. In fact, I need one to round out my Japanese collection. . .
     
  4. mancat

    mancat Kitsap County Well-Known Member

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    Hmm that's interesting.. Never knew about these. Type 38 layout with a Carcano action - bizarre.

    6.5 Jap is a nice cartridge. Too bad we made them dump almost all of their surplus into the sea at the end of the war.
     
  5. Gaucho Gringo

    Gaucho Gringo Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I never get so lucky at yard\estate sales.
     
  6. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The secret is to be the first one in the door.
     
  7. CLT65

    CLT65 Yamhill County Active Member

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    Neat old rifle- cool find!

    It's easy to feel that way now, from a modern collector's perspective, but if you had just fought a horrible, bloody war against a brutal, fierce enemy, you might have been glad to see them sink out of sight.

    A good friend of mine wrapped det cord around piles of Belgian FALs captured in Iraq. He didn't seem to feel bad about it at all. :)