Posts Tagged ‘Information’

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.

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Terminology: Magazines, Clips, and En Blocs

Precision and accuracy are important considerations when shooting your firearm, but they are equally important when talking about your firearm. Using incorrect terminology can lead to confusion, so in order to make the gun community more accurate and precise, let’s address the common misuse of the terms “magazine” and “clip.”

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Terminology: German Rifle Manufacturing Codes

During the Interwar Period military expansion in Germany was forbidden under the Versailles Treaty. The newly established Nazi government, however, had other ideas. In order to hide or at least obscure the pace of rearmament the military assigned simple alphabetical or numerical codes to manufacturers. There are codes for nearly every subcontractor and the list can be very long. Instead of covering all of these, here is a table breaking down the sorts of German rifle manufacturing codes you’re likely to find on the receiver of your gun.

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Terminology: What’s Your Ring Size?


Mauser rifles essentially developed in one of two configurations: large or small ring. Some countries, who began adopting Mauser rifles a little later, created their own intermediate dimensions. Let’s clear up just what these terms mean.

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Terminology: Mum’s not the word.



Many of you may be guilty of using the word “mum” when talking about the Arisaka rifles of Japan.  There is debate on the origin of this term and I’m here to hopefully clarify some of it.  But first let’s review what a “mum” is.



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