One of a number of "analog" marksmanship simulation devices developed in the early 20th century, the Cummings Dot Rifle was manufactured in Boston, Massachusetts, and can be seen in advertisements targeted at private schools c.1917-1918. Manufactured using an Enfield style bolt in conjunction with a Nagant style stock, the heart of the apparatus is in a metal cage assembly installed above the receiver, with a frame to hold a paper target and wire needle that can move from side to side. On discharge, the paper is driven onto the needle; if proper alignment was maintained, the needle hits at center, but if the rifle was moved or canted during firing the strike will be off to one side or the other. A small chamber and a rimfire striker is set up at the front of the receiver, apparently to discharge a rimfire blank to add to the simulation. Overall length is 44 1/2 inches, with the cage assembly measuring 5 1/2 inches tall and 6 1/2 inches long. A brass tag reading "92" is installed on the buttstock. With a brown leather sling.
Fine overall. The metal shows a mixed brown patina with mild spotting and handling marks. The wood shows mild scuffs and chips. The mechanism has not been tested with targets installed, but appears to be in good order.
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