This is a solid and complete World War I carbine, with the stock modified sometime after 1924, for a side mounted sling. It has the front sight base and bayonet guides milled to the barrel, which shows good, bright and strong, progressive gain rifling, but is by no means new, with some frosting in the grooves. The milled, transverse bayonet locking clevis is another feature of the TS model. The stock, though not numbered to match the barrel, is sound, with only one area where a superficial crack/gouge is noted, just behind the upper receiver tang. The bolt is tight, the action is crisp, and the bolt face is undamaged, though I doubt that it is original, as I believe that 1916 was the last year that the bolts were numbered to the Carcanos, and this bolt is not numbered, and still shows some of the heat treat mottle. The carbine feeds smoothly, as it should, but some light pressure is required on the top round, to facilitate removal of a full clip. Trigger pull is heavy, but the break is sharp. The line number is G 4543 and the S/N is U8988. I think of this carbine as an excellent example of an Italian arm that has survived several wars, at least two rebuilds, one refinishing and perhaps its greatest hazard, a C.A.I. Georgia, VT., importation.
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