|Place of origin||Kingdom of Italy|
|Weight||4.3 kg (9.5 lb)|
|Length||1,000 mm (39.4 in)|
|Action||Gas piston, self-loading|
|Rate of fire||Up to 900rpm|
|Muzzle velocity||730 m/s (2,400 ft/s)|
|Feed system||10-, 20- and 50-round fixed box magazine|
|Sights||1,400 meters (1,531 yards)|
According to several publications, the prototype rifle was chambered for the 6.5×52mm Mannlicher–Carcano. The gun was supposedly presented by Cei-Rigotti to his superiors in a private demonstration in 1895. An Italian newspaper reported on this event in 1900. According to another source, a demonstration was actually held publicly in Rome on June 13, 1900, when 300 rounds were fired on full automatic before the gun got so hot it seized up. Yet another source mentions a demonstration in the same year the Brescia Arsenal.
The British also ordered and tested the gun after this event, but they found it unsuitable. The exemplar found at the UK National Firearms Centre in Leeds is chambered in 7.65x53mm Mauser, as is another exemplar found in a U.S. private collection.
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- Daniel D. Musgrave; Thomas B. Nelson (1967). The World's Assault Rifles and Automatic Carbines. T. B. N. Enterprises. p. 225.
- David Westwood (2005). Rifles: An Illustrated History Of Their Impact. ABC-CLIO. p. 364. ISBN 978-1-85109-401-1.
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- W. H. B, Smith and Joseph E. Smith, The Book of Rifles, 1948, National Rifle Association, p. 68
- Ian V. Hogg (1978). The complete illustrated encyclopedia of the world's firearms. A & W Publishers. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-89479-031-7.
- McCollum, Ian (October 24, 2012). "Cei-Rigotti". ForgottenWeapons.com. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
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