Cinghie per modelli di Vetterli & Carcano, Repetiergewehr Modell 1895 & 1888 e Moschetto Automatico Beretta Modello 38

Slings for the Vetterli & Carcano, Repeating Rifle Model 1895 & 1888 and Beretta Automatic Carbine Model 38

The first type of Cinghia (Sling) as used for the Vetterli models, the Carcano Modello 91 6.5 x 52 mm Fucile (Carcano Model 91 6.5 x 52 mm Rifle), Carcano Modello 91 6.5 x 52 mm da Moschetto per Truppe Speciali (Carcano Model 91 6.5 x 52 mm Carbine of Special Troops) and the former Austrian-Hungarian Repetiergewehr Modell 1895 & 1888 (Repeating Rifle Model 1895 & 1888) is ca. 133 cm long and ca. 3 cm wide.
The sling is attached to the weapon by looping the sling around brackets. The loops at both ends are closed by pushing a metal button through a buttonhole. One end of the sling has one buttonhole, the other end two. Those two buttonholes allow the sling to be adjusted in its length. At first the buttons are made from brass, but during the First World War this changes into iron, due to the need of brass for the manufacturing of shells.
The sling has a natural brown leather color.

With the introduction of the Carcano Modello 91 6.5 x 52 mm Moschetto per Cavalleria (Carcano Model 91 6.5 x 52 mm Carbine for the Cavalry) came a new type of sling. This sling has a total length of ca. 126 cm and is ca. 2 cm wide.
The sling is attached to the weapon by looping the sling around brackets. At one end the loop is closed by pushing a metal button through a buttonhole. The other end has a buckle to close the loop. The buckle can be secured with its pin in one of the 40 + holes, allowing simultaneously the sling to be adjusted in its length. The buckle is being kept on its place by means of stitches.
As with the previous type of sling, the buttons and the buckle are first made from brass, but during the First World War this changes into iron.
The sling has a natural brown leather or a grey-green color.
This type is the most encountered sling on Carcani and the Moschetto Automatico Beretta Modello 38 (Beretta Automatic Carbine Model 38).

The next type of sling came in use with the introduction of the Carcano Model 1938 versions and the Beretta Automatic Carbine Model 38. This sling has a total length of ca. 128 cm and is ca. 2 cm wide.
The sling is attached to the weapon by looping the sling around brackets. At one end the loop is closed by pushing a metal button through a buttonhole. The other end has a buckle to close the loop. The buckle can be secured by a steel stud, allowing simultaneously the sling to be adjusted in its length. The buckle is being kept on its place by means of stitches.
The sling has a brown or white color, the latter for use on parades or by the Regia Marina (Royal Navy).

Cinghia per modelli di Carcano Modello 1938 e Moschetto Automatico Beretta Modello 38
This example is the type of sling introduced for use on the Carcano Model 1938 versions and the Beretta Automatic Carbine Model 38. It has no markings.



At the final stages of the war a canvas sling is produced as a fallback alternative might resources no longer be available to produce leather slings.

Sources:
carbinesforcollectors.com
il91.it
miles.forumcommunity.net