|blank cell||M91/41 Rifle||M91/41 Carbine|
|CALIBER||6.5mm Italian||CALIBER||6.5mm Italian|
|RATE OF FIRE||1 per 2 rounds||RATE OF FIRE||1 per 2 rounds|
|MAGAZINE CAPACITY||6 rounds||MAGAZINE CAPACITY||6 rounds|
|BASE RANGE||110 yards||BASE RANGE||90 yards|
|COMBAT USE: Italian armed forces|
The Mannlicher-Carcano M91 had been in service with the Italian Army for many years before the effectiveness of its 6.5mm was brought into question during campaigns in Ethopia and Spain. The M91 was to be replaced in 1937 by the 7.35mm M38 rifle, but Italian entry into the war in 1940 made this conversion logistically impossible. The M38 was shelved and the M91/41 was put into production, which was simply the M38 design (itself just an updating of the old Mannlicher-Carcano design) chambered for the old 6.5mm cartridge. This is how the Italians entered the war with three different standard issue rifles chambered for two different cartridges.
The Mannlicher-Carcano rifles were also made in a number of carbine versions, such as the Fucile Corto pictured above. These carbines were widely-issued, especially to mountain troops and police units.