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Re: 1873 Trapdoor

Posted by Pete Nelson on Tuesday, 20 April 2010, at 9:28 p.m., in response to 1873 Trapdoor, posted by Jeff on Tuesday, 20 April 2010, at 7:49 p.m.

No luck in VOLUME -2, -3, or -4 Jeff. But when I checked VOLUME-1 on Page 11 I found a small group of Model 1879 Cadet Rifles [listed as "79A" which would be Model 1873 Cadet Rifles with "the improvements of 1879", i.e., the Model 1879 "BUCKHORN Rear Sights of which there are some 8 or 9 slight variations].

S/Ns 212492 and 212502 are the adjacent S/Ns immediately adjacent above and below. These were both issued to the Military Cadet Program at the famous, but short-lived, Michigan Military Academy which closed its doors in bankruptcy in 1907 after only 30 years of operation. Michigan Military Academy was located on the shores of Orchard Lake in Greater West Bloomfield, Michigan, and boasts as one of its more celebrated graduate cadets Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of the TARZAN character (which apparently was more notable than his scholastic record). As part of a research project project on Cadet Rifles with/without slings and sling swivels) came across an interesting documentry book devoted to the MMA entitled "THEM WAS THE DAYS" written by Brian J. Bohnett which contained a number of black-and-white photos of Cadets carrying their TRAPDOOR Cadet Rifles. Their precision drill team captured a $1,000 national grand prize in 1880 (I believe) in Washington, D.C. Actually on that same Page 11 of the SRS VOLUME-1 there were listed quite a few Model "79A" and "84A" Cadet Rifles from North Dakota Agricultural College, Michigan Military Academy, University of Minnesota, and Maine State College (practically every one of the guns from Maine were listed as having to be "REPAIRED", attesting to the fact that your typical Military Cadet did not lavish "tender loving care" on his assigned Government-issued weapon).

PETE


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