Approximately 3,400 of these cadet rifles were manufactured from 1869 to 1876. They are scarce in comparison to many of the other trapdoor variations, and many originals have been destroyed or altered over the years. The main difference between the Model 1869 cadets and earlier models is the shorter barrel and the use of new stocks rather than a repurposed musket stock. This example has standard markings including "1870" dated breech block, "1864" dated lock, "ESA" cartouche on the left flat, and matching numbers on the barrel and receiver at the breech. "GDM", George D. Moller Collection marking on the toe of the stock. Includes a correct cadet sized socket bayonet marked "US" and wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fine, showing bright finish, 70% oil quenched casehardening, and patterns of the muted case colors on the lock with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina with a few scattered patches of very light surface pitting. The wood is also fine with a few scattered minor dings and scratches and a short hairline crack near the buttplate. Included bayonet is very good with some light pitting. Mechanically excellent.