1918 M91 Roma Carcano (Period?) Repair Question - Pics
Hello Folks -
My (now favorite) Brother-In-Law sent this 1918 Dated Roma Carcano to me this week. It definitely needs some tlc, and the bore looks like a sewer pipe. However, after the first flush with some liquid wrench it looks like it may come around.
However, it is a matching and not post-war refinished rifle. Below is a photo of the cartouche. It is much crisper in person, but you get the idea.
My question has to do with the repair that is by the lower band. It looks to be period, but the only repair I have seen like it (using the square wooden pegs) was on an Austrian M90 Carbine conversion. The Austrian M90 was a wartime conversion to stutzen configuration. My initial thought is that it may be that the late wartime (1918) stock had a flaw and this was the attempt to fix it? The pegs go through to the inside channel and look to be the same beech? wood.
So..., wondered if anyone else has seen such a repair on any Carcanos or may have more info on it? I don't believe it's a 'bubba' as the rest of the rife is in untouched shape. But it's interesting at best!
- Best Regards! Mike
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