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Italian Carcano M-1891 Long Rifle
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Upgrading Formative's Italian M1891 Long Rifle

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Formative's Original Carcano Rifle

This is Formative International's Italian M1891 long rifle that came with their World War One Italian Infantryman.  It has a lot of problems but is pretty much the only mass produced 1/6th scale Italian rifle made that was widely used in World War Two or pretty much any war for that matter.  My goal was to rework this weapon into a far better and more accurate piece and help supply three other collectors who were very interested in Italian customs.

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My first goal was to create a decent master piece to make a mold of this rifle.  In the above picture you can see my final finished reworked master.  Below that is the original weapon I started with and last is a picture of the real 1:1 scale weapon.  The completed master was sent off to a friend of mine to make a mold and start casting.

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In the picture above the first rifle was made by The Toy Surgeon and the second rifle was made by a friend of mine.  The first person I contacted to make this weapon had no experience up to this point molding something like this and he took several months and several emails with no results before I got impatient and contacted The Toy Surgeon. 
 
The Toy Surgeon did a wonderful and professional job on this project and had his first batch of rifles to me within a couple months of my initial contact with him.  His work was a thing of beauty.  Nice, crisp molding and no bubbles, I thought it was injection molded at first!
 
Just after I got my first batch of rifles from The Toy Surgeon, I got an unexpected package from my friend and he had gone ahead and completed my original order and sent it to me.  I was very surprised but the quality was nowhere near what the Toy Surgeon did.  Lots of flash, bubbles and many of the rifles were completely usable as they were badly warped. 

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These next three photos are as far as I can take the detailing of this weapon.  I will not be detailing all the rifles this much as it would just take to much time to do that many, but I will do a few like this.  In these pictures I have:
 
1.  Added a wire cleaning rod
2.  Filled the grooves in the sides of the magazine housing with putty to smooth it out
3.  Cut off the original sling swivels and replaced with wire ones
4.  Trimmed the butt plate
5.  Drilled out the barrel
6.  Cut off the old sight, grooved the handguard in the appropriate place
7.  Detailed out the rear sight
8.  Cut off the molded turned bolt and added a correct straight bolt arm
9.  Cut and trimmed the receiver in the appropriate places
10. Carved hole in bottom of magazine housing where the ammo clips fall out

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This rifle is now finished and ready for painting.  I have also made up more realistic slings and will attach that after I get them back from painting.

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Here is the finished rifle.  Thanks go to Philip Garcia for painting these for me.  He is a very talented painter!

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