Italian Fascist Youth Carbine
National Firearms Museum:
These scaled-down Mannlicher-Carcano pattern bolt-action carbines were intended for Italian Fascist Youth training, ssed by the Opera Nazionale Balilla (ONB), 1926-1937 and the follow-on Gioventù Italiana del Littorio (GIL) through WWII. Intended to only fire a 6mm blank cartridge, these diminutive “ballila” pieces were also fitted with an equally small folding bayonet at the end of their 14-inch barrel.
The youngest of these groups intended to receive training were only 6-8 years old and were mustered as units called Figli del Lupa (Children of the She Wolf.)
The seed corn. Their motto: Libro e moschetto, fascista perfetto (Book and rifle, perfect Fascist)