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Posted - 12/19/2006 : 9:52:50 PM
Yo Louie70,

The top rifle in this photo is the Model 1870/87 Vetterli-Vitali. These were converted to four-shot repeaters beginning in 1887, hence the 87 added to the original single shot rifle designation, i.e. the Model 1870. These rifles retained the original chambering, which was 10.4x47mmR.

During WWI, somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 of these rifles were converted to 6.5 Mannlicher-Carcano as a wartime expedient measure. The barrels were sleeved and the Vitali box magazine was replaced with a Carcano magazine "borrowed" from the production of M91 parts. These rifles were not intended to see heavy use and were issued to rear echelon types such as lines of communication units, supply units, artillery crews, etc. In turn, the M91 Mannlichers that had originally been issued to these troops were freed up for reissue to newly formed front line units.

Please look carefully at the photo and let us know what's "missing" and we'll see what we can do to help.

Happy Holidays!

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