Most un- or under-appreciated military surplus rifle?


Danus ex
November 3, 2007, 11:06 PM
Inspired by the "Most Underappreciated Rifle Caliber" thread. Which military surplus rifle do you think is un- or under-appreciated in the shooting world, and why do you think that? For extra credit, also list which military surplus rifle you think is over-hyped and state why.

I think the more modern French rifles (MAS 36, 36/51, 49, and 49/56) are under- if not un-appreciated. They're surprisingly compact and well-made, shoot an excellent cartridge, and, for me, they handle better than nearly all other military surplus rifles. More for me, I suppose. (If you have a mint MAS for sale, let me know!)

I'm gonna catch hell for my extra credit answer, but I think the Lee-Enfield is the most over-hyped military surplus rifle for the reasons people often state when they outline why they think the Lee-Enfield is superior to its peers. I like Lee-Enfields a whole lot, but when I hear or read about their ten round detachable magazine or their "quickest bolt-action in the world" I roll my eyes a bit. Yes, those two things are excellent, but do they and they alone really make the rifle a person's favorite?

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November 3, 2007, 11:28 PM
For the longest time, that would have to go first to the Arisaka then to the Mauser then to the Mosin. Today? What about the Columbian Madsen?


November 3, 2007, 11:45 PM
I agree with the MAS 1936 being almost universally unliked. Ugly. Expensive 7.5 surplus ammo. But the the aperture iron sights are pretty good as simple sights go. And the bent forward bolt is easy to work. I even like the odd tube holder for the bayonet. And best of all, it will produce a pretty tight group at 100 least mine will.

Most over rated? How about Finn Nagants? They are really just Bubba jobs of original Russian Nagants on a government scale....small government to be sure..which is why they didn't create their own design from scratch I'd guess Sure they have better trigger pull and a modified or maybe better barrel and better front sights and bedded a bit better in a nicely constructed finger groove stock.....but....I can shoot better with a 1903A3 or a K31....or a really good 98k.

November 3, 2007, 11:51 PM
In defense of the Lee Enfield, not only did it have that 10 round mag and a fast bolt action, it also had excellent sights and was extremely reliable even by bolt action standards.

As far as unappreciated military rifles, I'd say the Carcano is probably at the top of the list. I haven't owned one yet, so I can't say if it deserves it's reputation or not, but you never see anyone put the Carcano at the top of their list of best battle rifles.

November 3, 2007, 11:57 PM
+1 Madsen Great little Danish gun in 30/06.
Other underappreciated rifles are the tokarevs and Ljungman AG42.

November 4, 2007, 12:14 AM
ROMAK III's underappreciated, maybe MAS rifles, FN-49's, AG-42's as well. Of course, a ROMAK III isn't necessarily a surplus rifle, depends on the definition, similiar to the position of M1-A's and legal AK's.

I agree, Enfields, and to a cretain extent, M-1 carbines and 1903's are over appreciated. None of them are bad rifles, just a little too appreciated.

I guess you COULD add most Moisons, Yugo Mausers, and RC K-98's to the list of underappreciated. It's just amazing that these rifles, in rearsenaled condition are so cheap. Put K-31's in that catagory, except for the fact that there are quite a few people out there appreciating their K-31's at every opportunity. I appreciate them even though I haven't been able to get one yet. The availability of the rifles and the surplus ammunition has made older Swiss rifles even more economical to own and shoot, and I really appreciate my K-11 and 1896/11.

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
November 4, 2007, 12:45 AM
I'd agree the Madsen is underappreciated, mostly out of relative scarceness.

Of course, the same could be said for Mexican small ring Mausers and most (nice) Brazilian Mausers, too.

40 years ago, there were more South American Mausers around, and it seems they've all been eaten by closets and collections, never to be seen again. When was the last time you saw a Chilean Cavalry carbine in 7x57 complete with saddle attachments?


November 4, 2007, 02:19 AM
not that i have fired the arisaka, but i would totally dig a curent made rifle fireing the 6.5 arisaka round.

November 4, 2007, 02:32 AM
That wonky semi-automatic Mexican design that was out at the turn of the century, or the Dreyese needlegun (spelling?). For the innovations they represent, they're underappreciated. As for them being "surplus"---well, I'd call them "rare."

Though, the 1917 Eddystone Enflields seem to be unappreciated, and almost never mentioned by anyone, anywhere. Okay, let's just forget that the British supplied us with most of our weapons for WWI at the outset.

For that matter, so are the Krag-Jorgensons. Everyone seems to hate those things, and forgets that it was a stepping stone from those Carbines and Trapdoor springfields we were using.

But, then again, the french rifles are unappreciated, for certain.

November 4, 2007, 02:36 AM
I'm led to believe the k-31 but I'll let you know after I get mine to the range ;)

November 4, 2007, 02:38 AM
Siamese Mauser

-And everyone says "What!?"

November 4, 2007, 02:48 AM
Know where I can get one? ;)

As to under-appreciated, I'd go with the MAS. Many decent collections of WWII-era guns don't even have them. Mine sure doesn't.


November 4, 2007, 11:19 AM
I gotta go with Swedish Mausers. The 96 and the 38. Beautifully made, excellent fit and finish, reliable and both of mine are crazy accurate. That 6.5x55mm doesn't get the love it deserves.

November 4, 2007, 12:21 PM
It has got to be the Italian Carcano. This rifle received such bad press, that I have passed up on every one that I had in my hands. And now, I wish I had bought one. Just for historical reasons.

WWII veterans came back with such a low opinion of the Italians and their equipment, that these rifles have been ignored. However, looking at Frank de Haas book on bolt actions, the Carcano is a well designed and rugged action. It was considered underpowered in comparison to a 30-06 or a 8 MM Mauser. But in today’s world, the standard 6.5” military load of a 130 grain bullet at 2500 fps would be more powerful than the .223”

If you compare the 6.8 Remington, a proposed replacement of the .223, against the Carcano round, that Italian round is pretty close weight and velocity.

Maybe the exploding head shot of President JFK, and one bullet going through a neck, arm, and John Connolly, is enough to show the Carcano round was not totally ineffective.

With better bullet design, might have been two dead politicians that day.

November 4, 2007, 12:33 PM
I would go with the Carcano too. A lot of bad press apparently in the past, maybe the JFK/conspiracy theory thing, I don't know.

I can say that my little Carcano cavalry carbine shoots great!

The Arisaka maybe as well. I think it's crude appearances plus a lack of ammunition has given the Arisaka an undeserved bad rap.

November 4, 2007, 12:43 PM
The Mexican semiauto you were talking about is the Mondragon rifle. It was touchy and fouled up easily, like many early semiauto designs. But it made a decent aircraft gun.
Most un-appreciated?
Swedish Mauser.
It's a beautiful gun, rugged, accurate as Hell, and fires the ultimate light sniper cartridge (which can be loaded nowadays to speeds far in excess of the original 2600 f/s).
Most over-appreciated?
<flamesuit on>
The M1903 Springfield
It's pretty ugly in my eyes (though I'd have to say the K31s take the cake for ugliest mil-surp rifle), it's a weakened Mauser design (they gave it replaceable firing pins for a problem that didn't exist [breaking firing pins] and created a problem in the process [breaking firing pins].) and it's given full credit for a war that it was only half-issued for (WWI, where most of the rifles were actually '17 Enfields). Now, don't get me wrong, there are way worse rifles out there, but the Springfield gets far too much credit. It's really a target rifle, not a battle rifle, and the only exemplar feature I can think of about it is its cartridge, the .30-06.
</flamesuit still on>

November 4, 2007, 01:21 PM
Get them asbestos pants ready!!!

I do like my 1903 rifle. I have honestly never heard of a broken firingpin in one, although I have heard numerous times about how weak they are. Personaly looks fairly robust to me.

The 1903, at least in my opinion is about as good a 5 shot bolt combat rifle as any, and better made than most. Also has a "cool" factor that cannot be ignored!

That said. Probably wouldn't be my first choice for a fighting rifle either. Mine kicks like a field mule!

Beetle Bailey
November 4, 2007, 01:29 PM
It's hard to define under-appreciated and over-appreciated. I've never heard a bad word spoken about a Swedish Mauser and I definately love my M38. The prices for these have gone up in the last couple years, and I'd argue that is an indication that the word is getting around. And the 1903 Springfield costs too much for what it is (compared to other milsurp bolt-actions), so by that logic I would agree it is over-appreciated. But I want one :uhoh:.

Swiss K-31's are still under $200 last time I checked so they can be considered underappreciated but again, most people who have them love them. When I was just starting my milsurp collection, a very knowledgable shooter I knew told me the K-31 was the one I had to get.

Sadly, although I own a modest milsurp rifle collection, I own nothing from France, Japan, or Italy. I've never even shot a milsurp from any of those countries.

As for the Lee Enfield, I do love my No. 4 MkII. The .303 Brit is the most powerful round I can shoot comfortably without wearing out my shoulder. The peep sights are perfect for me and I actually do enjoy working that bolt. And since mine was unissued, it came with a brand new barrel, so it shoots pretty well. After the Swede, it's my favorite bolt-action milsurp.

November 4, 2007, 02:02 PM
Today? What about the Columbian Madsen?

I appreciate mine, along with all my Carcanos...:D

November 4, 2007, 02:35 PM
I agree that the Madsen 47 Columbian M1958 rifles are under-appreciated. That's probably mostly caused by the relative scarcity of the rifles. I don't shoot mine as much as I should, but I really do appreciate it's beauty.

In general, I'd have to agree that the French and Italian military rifles are at the top of any list of both under-appreciated and unappreciated.

I have MAS Mle. 36, Mle. 36/51 and 49/56 rifles. All are in near new condition. They are well made, compact (well, actually, a little too compact), have decent sights and are good shooters. And they fire a powerful cartridge (and, speaking of under-appreciated, the 7.5x54mm MAS M1929 cartridge is right there at the top of the list, too). I have even reached the point that the French rifles look good to me (which may say more about me than the rifles, but 'what the hey'...:)). The only downside of the French rifles, for me, is the very short stocks which make them less comfortable to shoot. Maybe the French have a law that all rifles must be designed for someone Napoleon's size, or something...:)

I once had a M1941 Carcano rifle in 6.5x52mm. It was also like new, with the gain twist bore. It was a light, compact rifle that was well made. I sold it to dump some weight in a move, and still kick myself over that decision (dumping the rifle, not the move). Consequently, I don't currently have any of the military Italian rifles in my collection (well, accumulation), and I feel the need to add a few.

The prices of both the French and Italian rifles have gone up appreciably over the last few years, but they're still findable at reasonable prices.

I'm not going to mention Swedish rifles here because I think that they have become widely appreciated in the US. When I purchased my first rifle in 1964 (a Swedish M94 carbine in 6.5x55mm), I mostly did so because my father already had a M94 Swedish carbine that I liked very much. I still hunt with my Dad's sporterized, scope mounted M94 carbine (sporterized in the 1950s, by the way. I would never do that now), and it works just as well now in Colorado as it did on relatively large whitetails in northern New York back then. The Swedish military Mausers (M94/M96/M38/M41) and the AG-42B are all beautiful rifles firing the greatest cartridge ever designed by man.

However, when I first bought my M94 carbine, I'm guessing that there might have been a couple of score of them in New York State (and I knew where two of them were). Ammunition was incredibly hard to find. Every once in a while you would find a couple of boxes of Norma ammo in a shop somewhere, but it was pretty hit or miss. And the ammo was expensive when you found it (well, Norma ammo is still pretty pricey). Then, boatloads of Swedish military rifles came into the country and everyone realized how beautifully made the rifles were and how fine a cartridge the 6.5x55mm was... Now, everyone makes cheap 6.5x55mm ammunition that you can find almost everywhere. A number of commercial rifles have even been chambered in the cartridge.

So, for several reasons, I won't mention the Swedish military rifles and the 6.5x55mm cartridge in this thread :).


November 4, 2007, 06:15 PM
I do like my 1903 rifle. I have honestly never heard of a broken firingpin in one, although I have heard numerous times about how weak they are. Personaly looks fairly robust to me.

I have had at least two cocking rods break, maybe five firing pin tips break, a couple of collars break (at least). I had one firing pin break while I was shooting the rifle in a 100 yard match. Had no idea why the thing started blowing chunks, but it was. Got home and found that the pin had sheared in such a way that the collar was still holding the spring back. Can just imagine what would have happened if in rapid fire that spring had pushed the firing pin forward, all the way through the bolt face. I probably would have had the same accident Jack O'Connor reported, the cartridge going off before the lugs were engaged. He, and I think it was he, said the bolt almost ripped the thumb off his hand, on the way out.

Awful design. Every time the Springfield design team deviated from the Mauser, they created an inferior product feature.

November 4, 2007, 06:48 PM
French and Italian, regardless of model.

Lebels, MAS-36 and -49, all superb rifles. The Lebel did it all first. The MAS-36 has every good feature of a gun from WW1- the easy-to-clean rear locking lugs of the Enfield, the bolt of the M1917, the sights of the M1903... The 49/56 is just win in every way imagineable except ammo capacity, and if you've got a flat file and some FAL mags, that can change.

The Carcanos- accurate, low-recoil, six-shot, good quality, frighteningly accurate, and yet utterly disregarded.

November 4, 2007, 07:29 PM
Every rifle seems to have its boosters. I agree that the French rifles get the most undeserved flak, for reasons which have very little to do with firearms. There are some I'd call forgotten because they haven't been on the market for ages such as the awesome Greek Mannlicher-Schoenauers. Or the Siamese Mausers.

The most over-hyped are the US surplus arms. Again for reasons which have nothing to do with firearms. They are a symbol of American toughness and the "greatest generation." I've thought about getting some but other than the M-1 Carbine the things just have too many shortcomings and cost too much. The Garand is a .30'06 rifle that can't shoot most .30'06 without busting a rod. The Spingfield '03 is a Mauser knockoff at twice the price. The Krag is fast to cycle but only has the one lug and a fairly underpowered cartridge. The M-16... OK I'll stop there.

November 4, 2007, 08:38 PM
French arms to me are just... wierd. Odd ergos, strange blocky looks... I'm sure they shoot just fine. I like my 1903 and my Mauser 98K... never been a fan of the Enfield, though the Savage made No.4 Mk 1 has caught my eye. I'm a little confused about the Moisin Nagant $68 dollar rifle being held up as the one true sword. All these arms have a fascinating history, but the ones fired in anger are probably the ones most cherished. I think the M1 carbine still gets less respect than it deserves--even from people who used it!

November 4, 2007, 08:45 PM
Underappreciated? Finnish Mosin Nagant. The Finns essentially remade the Mosin Nagant into something emminently accurate and shootable that the Russians hadn't been able to accomplish. They took a Chevy and turned it into a Caddy.

Overappreciated? I'd have to say the Mauser 98K. It's a great rifle, for a five round bolt action, but the Allies had better rifles. Enfield was 10 rounds, and a faster bolt while the Garand was the most technically advanced and one of the toughest rifles of all time. The Germans were stuck with the lowly 5 round Mauser. Hey, it's a great design, but outmoded and beaten by the time WWII rolled around.

November 4, 2007, 08:48 PM
I agreew ith Slamfire1, the carcano is about the most underappreciated rifle out there, with the possible exception of a Japanese rifle or two.

Deer Hunter
November 4, 2007, 08:50 PM
Finnish mosins are pretty well appreciated. The actual mosins, however, are not. People rant and rave about their innacuracies, but if you grab an M44, check the bore, and see nice rifling, pick it up and shoot the heck out of it. My M44 will kill milkjugs at 100 yards all day long, and that's just fine for a $70 rifle.

November 4, 2007, 09:17 PM
Mondragon rifle

Livin in Texas

November 4, 2007, 10:21 PM
Hey, oneshooter, I'll give you $50 for that Mondragon...

I'll even pay the shipping...



November 5, 2007, 12:15 AM

One more vote for the MAS. Good balance. Very good sights for a field rifle. Cool (and effective) rifle grenade attachment. Rugged, forged receivers. Sturdy, inexpensive magazines.

Most famously, a dead simple direct impingement gas system that requires a fraction of the maintanence of an AR15. (Stoner f'd up in having the gas flow INTO the bolt carrier and over the bolt.) I'm not a fan of the 7.5mm ammo, but otherwise the French MAS was a good rifle--in some ways superior to the m14. (I'll still take a FAL over a MAS any day though).

November 5, 2007, 03:38 AM
the Hakim man. its an 8mm semi with a 10 round mag! not to mention the ajustablity for the mix questionable ammo! whats NOT to love on these beauties?

oh, and .45guy, wanna give me a carcano and make my year:cool:? you seem to have more than your share of them:D. how much do they run?

November 5, 2007, 06:59 AM
The only problem with the MAS is the ammo. It is not the rifle that is under-appreciated, but the chambering. Were the French more cosmopolitan with their ammo choice and produced the 49/56 in 7.62 NATO or, heck, even 7.62sx54R, then it would be a very popular rifle. Indeed, had it been chambered in the NATO round, it would likely bring $600-$900 each rather than $300-$400 by hopeful collectors. The ammo is the hang-up on it, not the rifle itself.

As to the Hakim, well, I enjoyed mine when I had one. Mine wasn't all that accurate (or, I wasn't all that accurate with it). IN any case, I am much better with my Garand than with a Hakim. That said, had the Hakim been chambered in 30-06, I'd probably still own it.


November 5, 2007, 10:25 AM
My MAS-49/56 is a gunsmith conversion to 7.62x51 NATO. I actually prefer it to my STG-58. It's that good.

Danus ex
November 5, 2007, 10:23 PM
Finnish mosins are pretty well appreciated. The actual mosins, however, are not.

Deer Hunter this is an interesting point. Even though it's probably the most numerous military surplus rifle and it gets a LOT of talk, does the regular old Russian Mosin-Nagant really get much genuine appreciation?

November 5, 2007, 10:51 PM
oh, and .45guy, wanna give me a carcano and make my year? you seem to have more than your share of them. how much do they run?
What are ya looking for? I can keep my eyes open for something cheap. I think I paid $100 for the Finn 38, and $150 for the TS in 7.62x39. All others I can't remember.

November 5, 2007, 10:57 PM
What about the SKS? Many consider it the smaller cousin of the AK even though it was invented first. They readily shoot 2MOA or better with hand loads or decent ammo. Most people shoot Wolf with a sloppy receiver cover scope and when it doesn't drive tacks they throw it away to the back of the closet.

November 5, 2007, 11:54 PM
Without a doubt the MOST under apprecieated military of all time is the
M1917. These rifles are absolutely the pinicle of military bolt rifles. They are made to the same or better quality than the 03's (but I do love my 03's) or Mausers. They are brutally strong and have a silky smooth action. They shoot the venerable and extremely easy to find 30.06. They are superbly accurate. Because they are so under apprecieated they can still be bought for very reasonable money. Here is a few pics of my 2. One is and Eddystone and the other a Remington. They were modified in the later 40's as target rifles. I got them at an estate sale and I paid $190 for each :neener: I would not hesitate to put them up against anybodies iron sighted match rifles.

November 5, 2007, 11:56 PM
M1917's are nice!

November 6, 2007, 12:00 AM
Very nice 45guy. Would you agree these are perhaps one of, if not the most overlooked superb quality military firearms out there?

November 6, 2007, 12:18 AM
Hell yes! I'm still kicking my own arse for selling the Remington! But at least I got an Eddystone to take its place.:)

November 6, 2007, 12:22 AM
45guy is it not true that the Eddystone 1917's are made by Remington, just at a Remington plant in Eddystone (state unknown)?

November 6, 2007, 12:25 AM
Remington plant in Eddystone (state unknown)?

While it's technically a Remington, it'd be nice to have a Winchester, Remington, and Eddystone. Even if the Remington was marred by CAI's electro pencil.

Deer Hunter
November 6, 2007, 12:28 AM

Whenever I see a thread with a guy who wants a cheap hunting rifle to take on his first hunt, my first reccomendation would be a Mosin, and if they don't want one, maybe another military surplus rifle. Why? Well usually the person has experience shooting pistols, maybe an SKS, AR, AK, or other type rifle with iron sights, but never been hunting before. The shots would rarely be past 100 yards. Especially if he's sitting next to a tree and waiting. Why do you need a Savage (with accutrigger!, psh), Tikka, Ruger, with some 10x scope? That's cumbersom and gets in the way. Plus you stick a caliber on the end like .300 WSM, 7mm Mag, etc, the price for getting to know the gun goes up.

I offer a simple solution: Grab a mosin. Pick one that you like. You can find them with great bores. Ammo is cheap and plentiful, even when you exclude surplus. Plus the round hits hard, like a 30-06. For 70 dollars, you can't really go wrong.

there are some guys who'll tout that their M38 shoots 12 MOA at 25 yards, good for them. They have a bad gun/they are flinching/they arn't used to the sights. I can shoot 1 gallon jugs at 100 yards all day long wtih my M44, and I know a 200 grain softpoint will do a number on any white tail I'll ever see.

Plus the bayonet is great to have when you need to prop your gun up. Simply extend the bayonet, and place firmly into the earth.

November 6, 2007, 12:31 AM
I don't pay much attention to that sort of thing, so I don't know about SMLE hype. I just know that, of the milsurps I own, it's my favorite. Just holding it and cycling the action gives me a good feeling that's utterly lacking in many other guns. Not all others, of course.:)

I'm not sure there is an underappreciated rifle. If the caliber is a PITA to find, or to find dies and supplies for, then that's a real downside. It's not imaginary.

Milsurps seem to sell quite well. I'm not sure that any are really underappreciated, for what they are.

November 6, 2007, 12:38 AM
Well that does it! Now I need to put the bayonett back on my M44. Until now I never knew what that damn thing was for. Thanks Deer Hunter

Deer Hunter
November 6, 2007, 12:48 AM
No problem lencac. I've stabbed a few rabid dishwashers and used it to toast bread over a fire, but the best use I've seen is for holding the rifle anywhere you need.

November 6, 2007, 12:52 AM
Now I don't care who you are ...... that is funny **** !!

November 16, 2007, 02:37 AM
I am not sure why, but I have enjoyed this thread more than just about any I have read inrecent months. Probably because it shows lots of different opinions, all very valid. Great photos.....good insight....and a true spirit of "fellowship" for lack of a better term...;)

It is great to read a thread that is void of flaming, slamming, arguing, etc.

Thanks to all of you for sharing and making this so informative.

I have recently been bitten by the milsurp bug and am insanely in love with the Swedish Mausers.....but now you guys have given me lots of other guns to consider.......:)

November 16, 2007, 09:04 AM
I agree with the most under rated being the carcano's and the MAS 36. I have one of each, and though i have not shot my Carcano yet, the MAS 36 is a goo shooter. Prvi Partizan makes new loads for the 7.5 French as well.

Most over rated one, the SVT-40 takes the cake in my book. It might have just been the one i had, but i could not get it to shoot well with iron sights. I am still in the hunt for another one, mearly to complete my Russian collection.

November 16, 2007, 09:48 AM
Yugoslavian M48 and the Mosin Nagant

November 16, 2007, 12:06 PM
I'll throw a vote in for the most underappriciated being Spanish Mausers. The 7x57 is pretty much the ONLY foreign military round chambered in modern American rifles (the 6.5 Swedish is starting to knock that title down though). Ballistically it's amazing, fun and has killed more men and beasts then the current crop of rifles mentioned. And then the rifle itself is beautiful, well balanced and handeling just like any other Mauser rifle.

The most over-rated would go to the M14/M1A. Yeah they're neat and fun. But they're NOT $1600 worthy.

November 16, 2007, 02:18 PM
Hey Vector248, I too HAD an SVT-40 and just like you I couldn't get it to shoot for beans. So I sold it to a friend. Some time later we were at the range doing some shooting, he with the SVT-40 I sold him and me with my 91/30 sniper. The whole time I had the SVT-40 I had shot only surplus ammo from it. But on this particular day I had some handloaded ammo for my 91/30 so I got the bright idea "I wonder how it will shoot with some handload ammo". The difference was nite and day. With the iron sights it was hitting in the 2 to 2.5 MOA area. Now I wanted it back. But too late for that. Now my friend completely refuses to part with it.

November 17, 2007, 12:49 AM
Simple- any and all that have been sporterized. Worthless to collectors but with the heart of a lion still.

November 17, 2007, 02:09 PM
The Vz-52 in 7.62x45.

Fred Fuller
November 17, 2007, 07:44 PM
Well, the fact that this thread is on its third page with no mention so far helps make the case for my candidate- the FN49.


November 17, 2007, 07:48 PM
M2 Carbine imho.

November 18, 2007, 10:23 AM
+1 on fn49.
value sure to skyrocket.
however it is not cheap

very nice sights
quite accurate although you may need to figure out how to adjust the sights
the only problem is that i cant seem to get it to shoot wihtout destroying the brass.

fearless leader
November 18, 2007, 10:34 AM
It has got to be the Italian Carcano. This rifle received such bad press, that I have passed up on every one that I had in my hands. And now, I wish I had bought one. Just for historical reasons.

A Charlottesville, VA gunshop had a cartoon cutout on the wall that depicted a salesman showing an Italian Carcano to a customer saying, "According to the Warren Commission, it is the fastest firing, most accurate rifle in the world, and it's only $39.95!"

I agree the Carcano is under appreciated. I wish someone would make a better rifle for this caliber. The rifle itself aside, the round is almost ALL projectile. It really looks like it could do massive damage on soft tissue.

November 18, 2007, 10:59 AM

Trapdoor Springfield. 50-70's and 45-70's.

Many will shoot pretty well, when the proper type bullet is used.


I'm somewhat underwhelmed by Mausers. I like them, just not overly impressed. I found I like the 1903 Springfields better for several reasons.

I'm entirely underwhelmed by Mosins.

November 18, 2007, 01:53 PM
Carcano not well made, fit and finish terrible and the mystery sights (it's a mystery where the bullet goes) make it a rifle that if it was never made nobody would miss it. The Arasaka very nice action, very strong, terrible fit and finish. Good action to build something on. Springfield trapdoor, very nicely made. Combination of old world technology and new imurging technology. Strong contender. Mosins have for some reason been given undue attention. So overappreciated. Cheap though ( except sniper). Mausers are the standard by which modern turnbolts are compared. Definately not underappreciated. 1903's have been around for over 100 years and are the American standard for a finely crafted, deadly accurate and sexy military rifle. It's the 700 lb. gorilla in the corner. Still in my humble opinion the MOST underappreciated is the model 1917. Fit, finish and appearence are excellent. deadly accurate. Extremely robust action that in later years many custom rifles were built upon. The 30.06 round is the American caliber that is the standard by which others are compared. Ammo is plentiful virtually anywhere you go. It still can be purchesed for reasonable money. Can hold 6 rounds. Latest turnbolt military technology available. Sure to go up in value. That's my 2 cents (well maybe 3 cents).

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