Carcano Rifles Serial Numbers

Italian serial numbers marking system It would help to understand the foreign marking system on military weapons. Some of these Carcano rifles have gone.'

Italian serial numbers marking system It would help to understand the foreign marking system on military weapons The Italian arms manufacturers used the same consecutive marking system that the Germans used for identification, serial numbers, manufacturing plant, etc. It began with a three digit serial number, progressed through the thousand numbers. Example: 000-9999, then began a prefix system. Example: A 111- A 9999. This progressed through the alphabet - A-Z and AA-ZZ, etc.This system can be better understood by looking at the serial numbers on the 100 rifles delivered to Klein's in Feb. See Warren - Waldman exhibit #4. It is almost certain, since there were hundreds of rifles with the same serial numbers however, the prefix would be different.

The FBI did locate a rifle with the serial number 2766, while the LHO rifle was C-2766. The invoice of Empire Wholesale Sporting Goods, Limited, in Montreal Canada, dated June 29, 1962, reflects the sale of 700 used Italian rifles to Century Arms of St. Albens, Vermont. Exhibit D 156 was furnished by the owner of Century Arms on March 11, 1964 to the FBI: THE ORIGINAL LIST of serial numbers of 700 Carcano Italian carbines received by Century Arms, Inc. From Empire: Serial number 2766 appears on last page of numbers (Exhibit D 103) See COMM. 2562 # 13 Warren Report. It is almost impossible that two Carcanos would have identical serial numbers unless someone altered them.

(which I suspect was done in Dallas to frame LHO) Sylvia Meagher dealt with the 2766 serial number, but at the time, didn't understand the numbering system or the Canada connection. By the way, all serial numbers were not on the barrel. Some were on the receiver, and even on the stock, some on more than one place. John in Arlington, VA has four Carcanos and two serial numbers are on the receiver, two on the barrel. There is so much to be explained about how and where the Carcanos were made that it could never be done on this forum.

Guns marked Terni may not have been made there. They could have been made in a small plant elsewhere and called the Terni rifle. Some parts were made in small plants and assembled at Terni, thus the Terni name. Because the guns looked alike, (the 7.35 mm and the 6.5 mm ) the manufacturers stamped 7.35 on the stock so the Italian troops knew what ammo to use. I suggest the purchase of two books.

Anyone interested in the rifle should get these books. There are hundreds of ads and they can be seen in the book, THE MARKETING OF A WEAPON. The book was produced by Gary Nivaggi, in Dec. In the late 50's and early 60's, many varieties, styles and calibers of the MC rifles were offered at low prices. The book contains questions regarding the MC, various ammo loads for it, its clip, and other great information about the stopping and 'knockdown' capabilities of firearm projectiles. All from the pages of American Rifleman. Many questions being asked on the posts will all be answered if you own THE MARKETING OF A WEAPON.

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Another book that will provide valuable information that comes from a real expert on the Carcano: Richard Hobbs, 3958 Cambridge Rd. # 162, Cameron Park, CA 95682. Last E-mail I had was. Hobbs is a collector of Carcanos since 1945 and may know more about the weapon than anyone in this country. His book: THE CARCANO Italy's Military Rifle. Windows 7 supreme edition sp1 x64 bit (Was about $18.00) He is not a JFK 'BUFF.'

- but he sure knows that weapon. If you own these two books, you will hardly ever have a serious question about the Carcano again. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Carcano Potpourri!!!!!!! Adam Consolidated (CRESCENT FIREARMS): 'Three American firms entered the competition for the 91s that the Italian Defense Ministry was selling. Adam Consolidated, in conjunction with the Feldsott brothers, won the bidding with a total offer of $ 1,776,OOO for the approximately 570,000 guns.' Some 5300 kilos (approx.

1200 Pounds) of parts were included in the contract price. Adam also purchased 2,608,704 rounds of ammunition, which were picked up and paid for as items sepatate from the surplus weapons, on three occasions.' 8, 1960..653,176 cartridges 6.5 mm July 31, 1961.. 1,304,352 same June 6, 1962.. 652,176 same The price was $13.57 per thousand, or somewhat more than a penny per bullet. ' From: THE GUN - Henry S.