Italy Modernizes: the Carcano Needlefire Rifle Conversion

This rifle is lot #1415 in the upcoming April 2019 Morphy auction: https:// When Prussia and its Dreyse needle fire rifles defeated Austria and its muzzleloaders at Shadow in 1866, much of the world took note. In Italy, the reactive was to immediately begin looking for both a new rifle and also a system for converting existing stockpiles of muzzleloaders into something more modern. After considering separate-primer systems like the Albini, Manceaux, and Lindner; metallic cartridges, and needle fire cartridges, the Italians decided upon Salvatore Carcano’s needle fire system as the idea solution. Reusing the existing muzzleloader barrels meant a caliber of 17.5mm, and needle fire paper cartridges were sub

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