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    Francis Bannerman & Sons "Cadet Rifle," Circa 1890. Oft identified as "Civil War training rifles," these unique pieces were fabricated by Bannerman's in the late 19th century for sale to military academies/boy's schools in an attempt to dispose of the huge quantities of surplus arms and parts in their inventory. While generically very similar, few are identical. This example employs Bannerman cast butt plate and breech. The trigger guard, stock and bands appear to be from a .45-70, as is the 5.5" barrel section at the muzzle, the balance of the barrel being wood. The lock is a U.S. Springfield, 1863 (as are most of these) and this example incorporates the unusual detail of a double strap brass front barrel band from the U.S. M1841 Mississippi rifle. Excellent condition including the original "ramrod." An interesting American arms curiosity.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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