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Re: 1873 without trigger guard sling swivel
Posted by John S. on Monday, 6 November 2017, at 12:21 a.m., in response to 1873 without trigger guard sling swivel, posted by Rex Mericle on Sunday, 5 November 2017, at 9:11 p.m.
The surviving records show a nearly continuous run of cadet rifles between about 278800 and 281000, with usage split among several different colleges, but not US Military Academy. Dates are circa 1892-1900. The main users of cadet rifles were what we would call ROTC programs at the Land Grant Colleges.
So, it is almost certainly a cadet rifle. No idea who Royster is, or when he might have taken up woodcarving as a hobby. Perhaps as a very undisciplined cadet, or maybe not until he got his hands on this rifle in the 1960s.
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