1939 Carcano XVIII Terni 7.35 cal. SA Crown Looking for value

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  1. scottv215

    scottv215 New Member

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    I have a Carcano 1939 XVIII Terni 7.35 cal. U8237 rifle that has all those markings and an SA and a small crown and under a large crown and also an E on barell also. Stock looks like it was custom done. Was sent home during ww2 by my grandfather. I was trying to find a value on it. ALso has a Warren should strap on it. I have three guns clogging my safe that never use, single shot defender shotgun, JC Higgins Model 583.23 bolt action shotgun and the Carcano. I just picked up a Mossburg 500a and gold trigger browning semiautomatic shotgun, and need to make room so figured those three would be the ones I like to sell. Any pricing info be great, the defender single shot I may keep just because its old and so cheap. Thanks

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  2. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

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    Not a bad looking sporter. Because it's a Carcano and with it in that caliber, I'd guestimate that it's worth maybe $125 to $175. It will be slow to sell because it is a hunting rifle in an unpopular caliber. A sporterized Mauser or Springfield in similar condition would get you more, but then again it depends on caliber. Someone looking for a backup hunting rifle might be scared away because factory hunting ammo is going to be hard to find. Good luck!
  3. gunboat

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    I think the SA denotes sale to Finland before/during WWII.
    They are nice little weapons. I bought mine, a carbine, as issued, complete with folding bayonet for about $12 in about 1960 --
    I think ammo might be avail from hornady --
    You also need the clips to load it for repeat firing -- other wise single shot -
    Clips interchange between 6.5 and 7.35 --
    my tuppence
  4. Jim K

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    The R.E. stands for Reggio Esercito or Royal Army (At that time, Italy was a kingdom; Mussolini was the Prime Minister). Terni was the Italian arsenal where the gun was made.

    The S.A. stands for Suomen Armeija, or Finnish Army. During WWII, Finland was allied (reluctantly) with Germany, since the Soviets were correctly seen as the greater threat to Finland. The Finns wanted German weapons but Germany needed all its own rifles, so they sent the Finns Carcano rifles obtained from Italy.

    Jim
  5. scottv215

    scottv215 New Member

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    Thanks for the info, I do have three clips and half dozen boxes of shell jackets for it. I guess the sling is collectable I have had a few offers of 40 to 50 for the sling. Thanks again. I think I am going to unload the JC Higgins 583.23 bolt action shotgun.
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