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Esoteric Italian Firearms
« on: May 11, 2009, 09:36:07 am »
When I was in Italy I got to see a few armories in museums with a lot of obscure and interesting weapons.  In the Castle of San Angelo in Rome they had three old rifles in particular that perked my curiosity.  I've been looking for information on them but can't find anything.
1. Fucile da Fanteria Mod 1860.
2. Carabina da Bersagliere mod 1856  (I think this was the one that looked like a single shot Mosin Nagant.)
3. Fucile da Fanteria mod 1870 "Vetterli"

Anybody know anything about this or know where to point me?
« Last Edit: May 11, 2009, 10:21:46 am by Khorne »
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    Re: Esoteric Italian Firearms
    « Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 09:58:55 am »
    Your last one is not an Italian rifle, but a Swiss one (at least in heritage).

    http://www.swissrifles.com/vetterli/
    http://www.militaryrifles.com/Italy/ItalVet.htm

    basically, the rifle was designed for the Swiss, but Italy bought and used a variant of it. I think the italian is "Vetterli Infantry Rifle"

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    Re: Esoteric Italian Firearms
    « Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009, 10:23:37 am »
    Wow. That was a quick response. There are some knoweldgable people on this board.  That was a hard question there.  The descriptions were all in Italian so I only had the Italian names for them, but you still found some info on it. I'm impressed. Now I got to find info on the other two.
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    Re: Esoteric Italian Firearms
    « Reply #3 on: May 11, 2009, 01:06:32 pm »
    Here's some info about the Bersagliere:
    http://www.comune.verona.it/Castelvecchio/cvsito/armi/catalogo/2.htm
    Here's one retrofitted with a Carcano action:
    http://www.studirisorgimentali.org/ARMI%20MILITARI%20IN%20USO%20NEL%20REGNO%20D'ITALIA.htm
    Both in italian so they may not be helpful at all.

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