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Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 21 August 2016, at 2:27 a.m., in response to SPRINGFIELD CADET RIFLE, posted by robert taylor on Sunday, 21 August 2016, at 12:53 a.m.

SA made two distinct models of what we'll call the "plain" rifle.

The service version had a 32.6" barrel and sling swivels. The version made for cadets at West Point (but later used elsewhere in the forerunner of the ROTC program) was three inches shorter between the bands, had a slimmer stock and buttplate - and - as originally made - lacked sling swivels, since the sling was not authorized at the USMA. However, many specimens have had them added over time.

Cadet rifles (collector designation Model 1884 Type II) made at the end of production, after the adoption of the one-piece trigger guard, DID have sling swivels as that guard was never made in plain form.

I HOPE that answers your question.


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