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Re: Cadet S/N

Posted by Pete Nelson on Saturday, 20 March 2010, at 7:22 p.m., in response to Cadet S/N, posted by Cliff on Saturday, 20 March 2010, at 2:39 p.m.

Good evening Cliff,

Well, in an attempt to try to answer your question I just scanned through the pages of VOLUMES 1-4 of the Springfield Research Service "SERIAL NUMBERS OF U.S. MARTIAL ARMS". Unfortunately however, something like only 5% of the total "TRAPDOOR" arms manufactured at the Springfield Armory are listed in the SRS archives, so the latest Serial Number I could come up with in that manner may be nowhere near the actual last one manufactured. The last Model Cadet produced was the Model 1884 (and they will denoted by the Model Designation "84A"). But, here goes...

IN VOLUME-1: S/N 567596 (which would have been produced in mid-to-late 1893, the final year of "TRAPDOOR" production which saw some 5,000 produced). The were part of the the final "clump" of Model "84A"s that went to the University of Minnesota, Baylor University, The University of South Dakota, and Michigan Military Academy. But that S/N 567596 was shipped to University of Minnsota, and the date-of-record listed is 04-27-1900.

IN VOLUME-2: There were only a few "TRAPDOOR" arms listed in Volume-2, and none (that I saw) were listed as Model "84A" (practically all were "84R" standard service rifles).

IN VOLUME-3: The last Model "84A" that I spotted was S/N 439968 which was shipped to Maine State College, and the date-of record was 11-22-1892.

IN VOLUME-4: The highest recorded S/N in VOLUME-4 was 554487 which is part of the Springfield Armory Museum's collection and is tagged with property number "SPAR-5971".

Consequently the highest Serial Number listed in the SRS archival files which was acknowledged as being Model 1884 Cadet Rifles was S/N 567596 which would place it right at the very end of "TRAPDOOR" production at the Springfield Armory and just prior to the ramping up for (I guess) the Model 1894 Krag-Jorgensen .30-40 Caliber arms. There was a total of some 13,500 of the Model 1884 ("84A") Springfield Cadet Rifles produced over the 6-year production span starting in 1887 (1,000 produced) and ending with the final 5,000 rifles produced in 1893 (1889 was the only year with "0" production).

I hope this will be of some help to you.

PETE


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