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Re: GB 504979023 Last of the Springfield Cadets?

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 3 September 2015, at 1:43 p.m., in response to Re: GB 504979023 Last of the Springfield Cadets?, posted by Ned on Thursday, 3 September 2015, at 1:30 p.m.

I've looked at the pictures, and, aside from an ugly and totally bogus cleaning rod, that is really a pretty nice piece with a lot of "original" finish and color, with un-molested screws.

The using-up-parts scenario is entirely possible and completely reasonable at that point in time - and, 1893-dated stocks are not common. It's a nice gun.

As to the rebuild aspect - that is well-covered in Al's book(s). The rebuilds would not have an 1893 cartouche, as the process began later, running to at least 1901. Some have multiple cartouches, some have been sanded so much as to remove them. The rebuilds will show the remains of a rod-keeper prep - while "as made" cadet stocks will not. I have owned cadet 368714 for over 40 years - it has an 1884 block, and a reworked stock with "JSA/1895" cartouche located directly below the rear lock screw, not on the wrist.


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