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M73 Cadet Rifle

Posted by Ken on Friday, 13 August 2010, at 6:01 p.m.

Hello All, I can't remember who does the research work on this station, so I will address this to Whom it may concern. My shooting buddy just picked up an 1873 Cadet rifle this week. I am pretty sure this is a Cadet, but maybe one of you can confirm this for us. The serial number is 137507.(Should I have sent 137xxx? Just being humorous.) It has the Porter 1880 cartouche, and all other appropriate stock markings and barrel markings. The barrel is a bit over 29" long, short wristed stock, and the 1879 rifle sight. It is smaller in size compared to the regulation Infantry rifle. And naturally, some nit-wit cut the stock down to carbine length. Overall, the rifle is in excellent condition. We took it out this morning and fired reproduced Arsenal rifle ammunition through it. It did well, as the bore is excellent, but both of us however are nursing sore shoulders. Being lighter than the standard rifle, and minus the rest of the stock, there was noticeably more recoil. Might as well have been shooting a carbine with rifle ammo. I do have another question. I noticed that Al has a couple of Cadet rifle fore stocks in here. Correct me if I am wrong, but was not the Cadet stock one piece? I am just not quite understanding these fore stocks. Glenn would like to replace this cut down stock with the correct one eventually. Thanks ahead of time for any help, guys. Regards, Ken Smith


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