KETIKS.COM – On November 22, 1963, the whole world was shocked by the assassination of the 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. After the killer was announced, the authorities also showed the rifle he used, the Carcano M91/38. (Shinehire)

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Carcano M91/38 is a bolt-action type rifle produced by the Turin Army Arsenal, Italy. The rifle with the full name Fucile Corto Modello 1891/38 Carcano Infantry rifle uses 7.35x51mm bullets. This weapon began production from 1892 until 1945, and gained a fairly good reputation during its use in various wars.

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After World War 1, the Italian military started research with the aim of replacing their Carcano. Which still used 6.5x52mm bullets to give the military better performance. With higher penetration and a straighter trajectory, the Italian military finally chose the 7.35x51mm bullet. The Carcano M91/38 finally started production, with a design similar to the previous generation.

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The Carcano M91/38 eventually became the backbone of the Italian military during World War II. Italy also exports their firearms to Finland and Germany. Carcano also saw various conflicts and civil wars, such as the Libyan Civil War. But when the war ended and to this day, it is often used as a hunting rifle because it is light, accurate, and easy to maintain.

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Official reports have concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald, the one behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy used a Carcano M91/38 as his firearm. Carcano with serial number C2766 uses a 4×18 telescopic sight from Japan. Currently, the rifle is located in the National Archives and Records Administration building located in College Park, Maryland.

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