Carcano M41 Run and Gun

The Carcano rifles were a series of Italian firearms introduced in 1891 chambered in 6.5 Carcano. These little rifles feed from 6 round en bloc clips and served the Kingdom of Italy until the end of World War II. By popular request (for whatever reason), we decided to wrangle one up and take it to the run and gun course.

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Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV. A native Texan with a penchant for gun collecting combined with a degree in History from Baylor University have contributed to a passion for both early and modern firearms. You can reach Alex at acapps@gocapps.com.


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  • retfed

    Three shots in four seconds (1:50 50 1:54) without palming the bolt.
    And they said Oswald couldn’t do it.

    • Blue Centurion

      Working an action and precision shooting a moving target are two different things. I’m all for the grassy knoll in this part of US History.

      • retfed

        First of all, HUMOR.
        Secondly, I’ve stood in the window, and it wasn’t that tough a shot, especially tracking a target that kept rising in the scope.

        Third of all, there was nobody firing from the grassy knoll, or we would know all about it by now. The government can’t keep a secret for 52 minutes, much less 52 years.

        • Blue Centurion

          HUMOR on my end too! The grassy knoll is still the best kept secret besides Roswell.

          • retfed

            Touche.

        • milfordmarine

          Lastly, he was USMC trained.

      • Zebra Dun

        Oswald fired his shots and hit he was lucky, it happens sometimes.

    • Pete Sheppard

      What people have overlooked is that the first shot starts the time–so he only had to cycle TWO shots in four seconds…

  • Daveinsvaz

    What is with using his middle finger to pull the trigger???

    • ostiariusalpha

      Someone always asks about this. It’s a technique developed from the SMLE to increase the rate of fire by keeping your hand on the bolt handle at all times, it happens to work pretty well on most turn-bolt guns.

      • gunsandrockets

        Another variant of that trick is resting the rifle forend on a support, like a wall, windowsill or sandbag, and firing the bolt-action left handed and manipulating the bolt with the right hand.

        • Hyok Kim

          Now, that would come in real handy if one’s right index finger were injured or one wanted to alternate the trigger fingers in cold weather.

          • gunsandrockets

            Right handed people who buy modern bolt-actions intended to be fired off a bipod or other support, should consider buying a left-handed action to take advantage of the trick.

      • Joshua

        by someone he means me, nor have I ever had Alex actually talk to me about it, I’d like to know where it originates, and if anyone has actually done any testing on it, everyone seems to get peeved at me for being “Ignorant”

        • Phil Hsueh

          There’s a video out there of some Nordic shooter that uses a technique getting incredible results, this guy was able to fire almost as fast using a bolt action as Jerry Miculek can with a semi-auto. I believe that one of the benefits of the technique is that it allows you to keep the rifle in place while you work the action, no breaking sight or taking it off your shoulder to chamber another round.

        • demophilus

          IIRC, the Finns turned and retracted the bolt on their straight bolt Mosins with the web of the thumb, cranking it back the same way and turning the index finger back to the trigger.

          I’ve tried it on a 91/30 and it’s pretty fast, but YMMV…

    • With a straight bolt it allows you to get back up on the handle quicker. With a turned down bolt it allows you to rest your thumb and pointer on the bolt handle for faster cycling.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “Nice shootin’!”

    • Tassiebush

      I wonder what was going through his head at that fateful moment?…

      • Zebra Dun

        A democrat.

    • Giolli Joker

      I think in that case it was more “gun and run”…

    • john huscio

      The last good (or at least halfway decent) prez we had…..

  • Vhyrus

    I just came here for the JFK jokes.

  • Cal.Bar

    RUN and gun? Well, I did count almost a dozen steps. And it looked like you ALMOST fired on the move.. Keep going man. Baby steps…. (literally) (lol)

    • SP mclaughlin

      To be fair, most shooting civilians do is stationary.

  • datimes

    The guy in Dallas who purchased a ‘scoped’ version of this weapon through the mail from Kline’s Dept. store found it quite effective.

  • Southpaw89

    Interesting, I consider my carcano to be one of the smoother operating of the surplus rifles I’ve got, maybe its not a late war model like yours is.

    • Hyok Kim

      How smooth? 03A3 and Krag smooth?

      • Southpaw89

        You prompted me to compare them side by side, not as smooth as I remember, certainly not as smooth as my Krag, cant speak to the 03, but would call it more of a sloppy feel than rough, loose tolerances I guess. I’ve decided that when all of my rifles are clean its one of the coarser actions, but it seems to fair better when dirty, certainly better than my M44, I may have mistakenly associated the pleasant recoil vs the rather brutal slap of the full powered cartridges with the action. Still, an enjoyable rife to shoot IMO.

        • Hyok Kim

          Thanks for taking the time for enlightenment.

  • Wanderlust

    Anyone else getting the 127.0.0.1 redirect error still? I am getting it on some articles today again, it went away for about a week earlier… anyway are you finding these old guns at shows or C and R? just curious as they look pretty neat.

  • StraightshooterJeff

    With the correct diameter projectiles (.268 inch) the Carcano can be very accurate. I have a FAT 41 that has been cut down and with cast bullets shoots well. Not a slick action as Alex notes though. Does the job on wallabies however.

    • Tassiebush

      Looks like a young Bennetts. Is that a flax next to it? You in NZ or here in Tasmania?

      • StraightshooterJeff

        NZ

        • Tassiebush

          NZ Aka hunters paradise 🙂

  • DW

    There should have been an “El Presidente” drill in the video…

  • demophilus

    IIRC, the Finns turned and retracted the bolt on their straight bolt Mosins with the web of the thumb, cranking it back the same way and turning the index finger back to the trigger.

    I’ve tried it on a 91/30 and it’s pretty fast, but YMMV…

    • Hyok Kim

      That’s the technique Capt. Crossman advocated.

      • demophilus

        Didn’t know about Crossman; thanks for the tip. I think I first read about the method in an article about Simo Hayha.

  • Hyok Kim

    Thank you very much for another vintage enlightenment.

  • Hyok Kim
  • BudHall

    Never fired a 6.5 Carcano, but I’ve had several of the later 7.35 Carcano’s; all shot surprisingly well, very accurate out to 200yds. I only shot surplus ammo in them, never tried any commercial loads.

  • Zebra Dun

    Of all the rifles I have shot the Carcano’s have always been the worst.
    Even the bayonets were crap, open or shut they wagged like a dogs tail.