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M38 Carcano wall hanger

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:46 am
by M67
I have some wall hanger rifles. Two fromww1 and two from ww2 (Kar98K, Steyr M95 carbine, Mannlicher M88 and this one, M38 Carcano).
This has interesting background. My father father hid the rifle and buried it during the war in 1943 beside one MAB Beretta38A. About ten years after the war, the smallmachine gun was dug out but the rifle did not. He did not find the rifle until the end of the eighties. Unfortunately, all the wooden parts rottened. Then I cleaned the rifle and found this old stock a few years ago. It has a big letter M or W on it. This rifle is just for display now.

Re: M38 Carcano wall hanger

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:17 pm
by indy1919a4
Nice, look.. does the bolt still cycle??

Re: M38 Carcano wall hanger

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:00 am
by M67
Yes it does. Every part is stil operating.

Re: M38 Carcano wall hanger

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:48 am
by indy1919a4
What does the inside of the Bore look like, underground like that ...

And was it buried with any kind of protection... I remember reading about a officer who surrendered at Bataan.. And he hid his gun up in a tree wrapped in a very oily rag, but of course it was rusted when he retrieved it years later

Re: M38 Carcano wall hanger

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:59 am
by M67
The bore is like moon surface with craters!
The rifle was buried full of grease, wrapped in old textile and tarred with tar. However, the package was buried in the field and probbably damaged after that during agricultural fieldwork.

Re: M38 Carcano wall hanger

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:24 am
by Onikoroshi
Awesome story. Talk about burying the rifle! Haha

Re: M38 Carcano wall hanger

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:53 pm
by indy1919a4
To neat for words... Many thanks... I know I may be asking to much here, but you would not have a couple of before photos :) like when it came out of the ground???

Now not burying a rifle before, I confess a little ignorance.. but would think the gun full of grease would have protected it more???

God Bless Cosmoline.. When I go I want to be dipped in that just save the Casket ... :)