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Posted by John S. on Sunday, 21 August 2016, at 11:13 a.m., in response to Re: SPRINGFIELD CADET RIFLE, posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 21 August 2016, at 2:27 a.m.

There are also other "cadet rifles" made from various bits and pieces by surplus dealers to equip the numerous quasi-military youth groups (somewhat comparable to Boy Scouts) circa 1890-1920.

Some of these were regulation Springfield made rifles merely shortened and having the grips slimmed so small hands could grasp them better. Others used surplus wooden stocks and assorted original parts like lockplates and hammers and cheaply made copies of buttplates and trigger guards and cobbled together internal lock parts, along with a wooden barrel, sometimes with a piece of a real barrel at the muzzle so they could take a bayonet of some sort. These generally had a cast iron breech section about 4 inches long, if made to imitate percussion muskets/rifles, but some used actual trapdoor receivers and breech block assemblies.

There are also the "Requarth" dummy rifles made entirely from scratch that have a sort of trapdoor mechanism. These originally had a small plate with the maker's name on the side of the stock. I think one of the auction houses is currently offering one of these as some sort of official military item, which of course it is not.


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