An awesome fan named Justin happened to notice a very cool rifle for sale, with the tag "French Iltian Carcano 6x? Maybe"...but he recognized what it was and hooked me up with it, knowing it was something I would love to have. Thanks, Justin! This will be a very cool part of my French rifle collection!
And since I know people will ask, there were no laws broken in the process. This is a pre-1898 antique and thus not subject to most Federal gun laws in the first place.