A Quick and Dirty Guide: Carcano Rifle Models


We’ve put together a simple visual guide to identifying the Carcano rifles. While there are only a handful of models, the caliber and fitting variations are numerous. Remember, what is presented here is just enough information to be dangerous. As we can lay hands on individual models and variations we’ll try to fill in the details. Otherwise, please enjoy this Carcano identification guide.

A Quick and Dirty Guide: Dutch Mannlichers

overheadAll right, this one is meant to cover the standard issue Mannlicher 1895 rifles and carbines used by the Dutch Army, Navy, and East Indies forces.  We have not had time to research Indonesian modifications, of which there are at least three, KSO rifles, or experimental models.


A Quick and Dirty Guide: Mannlicher’s Straight Pull Rifles


All right, by popular request we’ve broken down the mysterious world of Mannlicher straight pull rifles.  I hope this rudimentary guide helps you get sorted on what you want or what you have!

A Quick and Dirty Guide: Military Krag-Jørgensen Rifles


We often think of the Krag-Jørgensen as a series of U.S. rifles and only occasionally about the Norwegian or Danish versions.  But there were a lot of Krag variants and we’ve covered them here.

A Quick and Dirty Guide: Ottoman/Turkish Rifles

Turkish RiflesThis particular project has taken way more time than expected.  Turkish rifles have been organized almost completely by observation and survey, records are scant and few, and modifications abound.  These names are for “collectors” and do not necessarily reflect the original military designations.  There are several models still in review and this list is likely to change, but for now it is likely the most comprehensive available, so please enjoy.

A Quick and Dirty Guide: Swiss Straight Pull Service Rifles


There is a lot of love out there for the Swiss K31 rifle.  A surplus darling, it’s inexpensive and very accurate.  But there were quite a few other Swiss straight pull rifles.  So let’s quickly cover them.

A Quick and Dirty Guide: The French Chassepot and Gras

 Chassepot and Gras QD

All right, I know a lot of you don’t pay too much attention to French guns but that makes this guide all the handier!  The Chassepot and Gras are kissing cousins, so it’s easiest to list them together.  Hopefully this list will help sort out these extremely similar rifles.

Quick and Dirty Guide: Finnish Mosin-Nagant Rifles


The Finns used a variety of rifles but primarily the Mosin-Nagant, so let’s just quickly cover the various Finnish-made versions.  For every Russian style there is certainly some Finnish use, but these are the models that were constructed by Finnish armories and depots.