Italian Vetterli-Vitali M1870-87

This rifle from the reference collection is a Italian Vetterli-Vitali M 1870-87. It was made in 1880 as stamped on the left side of the barrel. It is a magazine conversion of the M1870 single shot rifle. This conversion consisted of a metal shroud around the magazine housing, removing the dust cover and installing a […]

Cut Away Model 38 Carcano carbine

This rifle was on the last Rock Island auction. Unfortunately I was not the winner of the bid. However, it is a beautiful example of an interesting piece.



It would make a great addition to an Italian or cut away collection.

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Rare Carcano rifle

In my youth I had the opportunity to look at and take a couple of pictures of a very rare Carcano rifle. Judging on the way I look, with hair and all and not that many wrinkles, these pictures were taken 35 years ago or so. It is not often that you get to see […]

F.N.A.-B model 1943 submachine gun

Of all the submachine guns that I have played with or examine I find the F.N.A.-B model 1943 to be one of the very interesting ones. This submachine gun was design and made by Fabbrica Nazionale d’Armie in Brescia,Italy between the years 1943 and 44. The entire receiver was machined out of bar stock making […]

Italian AZ-49 submachine gun

I was going through some of the pictures that I have taken in the past and found these. This sub machine gun was made by S.A.M.T. of Rome. It is reported to have been design by Toni and Zorzoli Giandoso in 1944. Never being produced in quantity, approximately 6000 were made, it is none the […]

Older gun making Italian style.

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Just a great deal of hand work

Sunday Answer 3-15-15

This is the bolt that you looked at yesterday.

The ring on the back is to cock the bolt.

You can see where the hammer travels through the bolt and strikes the firing pin. This rifle fires from a closed bolt.

It goes to the Beretta model 1918/30 carbine in 9mm Glisenti. […]

Sunday Answer 2-22-15 a day late

The bolt goes to a Cei-Rigotti rifle

I had the opportunity to study one close up.

And I got some great measurements. Never enough pictures or measurements.

Here are pictures of the rifle.

bolt removed.

Trigger mechanism

Left side view

Bottom view

Right side view.

A great view of the gas […]