Updated Q&D: Carcano Rifles

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This Carcano Q&D was our first and since that time we’ve settled into a standard ratio so that all the Q&D images scale with each other.  We’ve also gone for a much cleaner white background.  So for this Monday’s project I took the time to reintegrate this old project.  If you’ve read it before, I apologize for the repeat.

Anatomy: Japanese Arisaka Type 38

Anatomy Rifle Japanese Arisaka Type 38

All right, second rifle for the Japanese Empire.  This time we have the earlier Type 38 long rifle.

Rifle: Dutch Mannlicher No.5 Carbine

Dutch Mannlicher No.5 Tilt

Rifle Mannlicher M1895 Manufacturer Hembrug
Cartridge 6.5×53mmR Overall Length 37.5″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 17″
Magazine 5-rnds en-bloc Weight 7.2 lb

 

At the outbreak of WWII the Dutch armed forces were still more than equipped with WWI surplus rifles, but they had mechanized and changed and needed more carbines.  As we’ve seen elsewhere, a simple and thrifty plan was put into place.

Pistol: French Mle.1935 A

French Mle1935a Full B right

Pistol Mle.1935 A Manufacturer S.A.C.M.
Cartridge 7.65×20mm Overall Length 7.4″
Action Short Recoil Barrel Length 4.1″
Magazine 8 rnds removable Weight 1.6 lb

 

 

 

 

 

While an excellent pistol overall, the French Mle.1935 does not necessarily stand out in any one way.  It was produced a bit late to see widespread use in WWII, but stayed in service until the 1950′s.

Briefly: German StG.44

 German Rifle STG-44 Tilt

Rifle Sturmgewehr 44 Manufacturer Various
Cartridge 7.92x33mm Overall Length 37″
Action Long-Stroke Piston Barrel Length 16.5″
Magazine 30-rnds dtch box Weight 10.2 lb

 

The StG.44 was a revolutionary rifle nearly killed in the development stages. Its overwhelming value was proven repeatedly in trials and so, despite opposition, it found its way to the front lines of WWII.