Duke’s Luck Part II

Sometimes, it’s about the unexpected.

Back in the February issue, I detailed my almost phenomenal luck in finding a proper World War II vintage German scope complete with proper low turret-type mounts. It was needed to complete an original German K98k rifle with low turret bases, which I had found in a pawnshop here in Montana.

A few months later, a friend was visiting and I handed him an original K98k sniper rifle to look at. He said, “Oh, this must be the one you wrote up that you got in a pawn shop?” I had to say, “Nope, this is another one. That one had turret mounts and a Zeiss scope. This one has the short side rail mount with a Kahles scope.” My friend looked dumbfounded and said almost in awe, “You got another original German WWII sniper rifle! How did you manage that?”

“Luck, just plain luck,” was my truthful answer. I had known about this rifle for over a decade but the owner wouldn’t consider selling it. Then he had a stroke of bad luck and needed to raise cash. Not gleeful about someone’s bad luck, still I did have the cash to help him out so it was good luck for me.

When it comes to games of chance, I am famous among my friends for my bad luck. Once in Las Vegas, I decided I’d set aside $50 to use in slot machines. Not once, never, was I a single cent ahead. My 50 bucks slid into a variety of slot machines spitting nary a coin back at me. A friend with me put a few dimes into a slot machine and hit a $100 jackpot.
By Mike “Duke” Venturino

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2 thoughts on “Duke’s Luck Part II

  1. Byron Giddens

    Could you help me verify if i have the same Carcano you have in the latest edition? I have been trying to find something out about this 6.5 Italian rifle for some months now then wham here it is in your article. Everything you named concerning it is identical to mine the photo of it right down to the funny rear sights on it even the length of the barrel. This one has many different stamps on it from the bolt handle to the part of the barrel right behind the sights. Could you help me identify it?


  2. Ray Fagan

    I bought my “first” deer rifle at age 14 for $13.95 in 1956. It was a 7.35 x 52 carcano, short barrel with the rotary evelation site. Apparantly I had a rare version of the Model 1941. 250 rounds of military ammo in clips came with it. It shot pretty acurate and I got several deer with it. I modified some of the rounds by filing off the tip and countersinking the lead core and these rounds mushroomed very well. I “sporterized” the stock with a saw,wood rasp and sandpaper and finished it with lindseed oil. This rifle got stolen from my older brother when I was overseas in Japan for 4 years. I keep an eye out for it on the internet.


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