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Another Mystery Cadet Rifle

Posted by Jim Mountain on Friday, 12 August 2016, at 9:21 a.m.

Back in March 2015 I posted about what appears to be a correct 1884 cadet rifle that I purchased that had some additional stamped markings - a "McK" on the top of the front receiver ring and a "M" and "263" on the top of the barrel just ahead of the receiver. I've spent a bunch of time to no avail trying to connect the markings to a school cadet program, another Bannerman like builder, or a gunsmith. Most school markings are on the buttstock or butt plate. Well last week I found another cadet so marked except the barrel number is 288. Here is what I know about both rifles: Both appear to be correctly built 1884 cadet rifles with correct barrel, stock, lock, sights, proofs, etc., based on what I find in the Poyer / Riesch book. However both have a like blemish in that the receiver serial number has been partially defaced. Both surfaced in southern Maine in the past 18 months. Both have two piece trigger guards and sling swivels. So I have a pair of cadets that share some kind of history, I just have not discovered what just yet. I assume that there must be more like marked cadets out there somewhere, so again asking the board for any insight anyone might have. Thanks. Jim


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