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In America, a rifle of those dimensions can be called a "Carbine" because of the length. It may not be called that in Italy nor in Australia, but that does not mean an American cannot use language that is familiar to them in identifying a rifle. I know for a fact that Europeans and our brothers in Australia use different descriptors, they are more familiar with, for American and other foreign rifles. I prefer "Carbine" as an appropriate American descriptor for this particular rifle, but I also use the Italian descriptor when " I choose to". ...and I disagree with your pronouncement that they were fitted with straight bolts during service. ;)
Carbine/short rifle, Fucile Corto and semantics... Arditi
 
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