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Cadet rifle receiver w/ extra holes

Posted by Ken on Saturday, 28 August 2010, at 5:28 p.m.

Hi all, I am cleaning a friends '73 Cadet rifle and have run into a couple of snags. I hope someone can help me out here. First, the receiver has two holes in the left side. One hole is bored at the breech plug end, and the other clean through the receiver. Both holes are threaded, and are of the same size as the firing pin retaining screw, and close to the same thread design, although the screw won't go completely through the through and through hole, but only a couple of turns. Does anyone know what purpose these holes would have served. They are about an inch and a quarter apart. Next, I discovered that the barrel was loose in the receiver, and completely unscrewed it by hand. There is a scribe mark on the barrel, but I don't see one on the receiver. Sounds like gunsmith time for this one. The serial number for this Cadet is 137507. It will need a new firing pin, and extractor spring. But I can't figure why the barrel was just hand tight. I know it would'nt have left the Armory in that condition. But the two holes in the left side of the receiver really puzzle me. Anybody have any ideas? Regards, Ken Smith


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