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Rockhound
03-14-2010, 7:46 AM
My Grandpa sent me this photo of a rifle he has over his fireplace. Can anyone help with ID.

He's 87 and I don't think he can get it off the wall to look at it closer.

Thanks

stevenjay1
03-14-2010, 7:57 AM
M1870/87/15 Italian Vetterli
During World War I, like many nations Italy faced a shortage of modern infantry rifles. As an emergency measure, many Vetterli Vitali rifles were converted to fire the 6.5x52mm Carcano round, adding a 6.5mm barrel lining and a Carcano-style magazine. These conversions are not considered safe to fire with standard 6.5x52mm loads.

BTW, The bayonet may be worth more then the rifle.

mls343
03-14-2010, 10:10 AM
+ 1 on the Vetterli.