Vintage Saturday: You Sent Us What?

Finnish militiamen being issued 7.35mm Carcano rifles
Ha ha, very funny. Now where are our REAL rifles?

Italy sent a bunch of surplus 7.35mm Carcano carbines to Finland as military aid against the USSR – these Finns are pulling them right out of the shipping crates (note the “KAL 7/35” on the crate lid). The Finns took pride in their marksmanship, and can’t have been particularly impressed with the Carcanos’ short barrels and fixed sights. The middle fellow facing the camera looks particularly grouchy about the whole affair.