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Re: 1873 cadet rifle
Posted by John on Thursday, 29 December 2011, at 9:01 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 cadet rifle, posted by Rob on Thursday, 29 December 2011, at 11:18 a.m.
Rob- Please note that many rifles are lo longer in their original configuration. Many, expecially those under about 50,000 serial number range, were called back and torn apart and some parts rebuilt into nrew rifles (or carbines or cadet rifles) and the receivers sold as scrap.
In addition, arms were not assembled in exact serial number sequence, and your receiver might not have been assembled until as late as 1877. (Unlikely, but not impossible).
Surplus dealers later used the scrap receivers and assorted other parts to build up rifles, including "cadet" rifles for sale to military schools, hunters, decorators or anyone else looking for a cheap rifle. These guns have far less value or collector interest than an arsenal correct rifle.
Therefore, just because your serial number is one that might have been assembled in 1874 does not mean that your entire rifle is necessarily is still the way it was made.
The folks here can look at photos and pretty well tell what you have and if there is any chance it is "the only" one made that year.
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