The Mannlicher-Carcano was such a fine weapon that, at the time, it could be purchased in a Burlington, VT Woolworth’s for under $20.
I remember department stores that used to sell good surplus rifles at very fair prices. But with all of the gun control laws that have been passed, I think most of them have given up the trade. (For that matter, I think most of them have given up all trade, having gone out of business long ago.)
I think you’re $10 is probably more accurate but I don’t recall for sure either. I do recall that year I paid $.09 9/10’s for a gallon of gas....
Even today, they’re advertised in Shotgun News for $39.99 or so. The contemporaries, US M-1 Garand, British Enfield, along the the German Mauser and the Russian Nagant sell for between $800 to $100 +/- depending on condition.