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1873 without trigger guard sling swivel

Posted by Rex Mericle on Sunday, 5 November 2017, at 9:11 p.m.

Hello! I have acquired an 1873 for my military collection. I assume it is a Cadet model as there is only a sling swivel on the forward barrel band with none on the trigger guard. Some research of the serial number, which is 279328, is indicative of 1885 as the year of manufacture. Accordingly there were approximately 1920 Cadet rifles produced that year. The other reason(s) I believe it could be a Cadet is that the stock is in good condition without the dark appearance so often seen on deployed rifles. It also sports a "20" in two inch high black painted on numbers on the stock, which in turn is protected by a square patch of what must be varnish over the painted on number. Finally, and this is somewhat unfortunate, depending on how you look at it, some fine fellow engraved his name on the stock in letters approximately 1/2" high with a pocketknife and actually did a pretty decent job! It doesn't bother me and actually sparks my interest wondering where this fellow named "Royster" might be today. My question, after all this verbiage, is how could I verify that this is actually a Cadet model. I appreciate your time and allowing me to "bend your ear"! Thank you!


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