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Similar in basic design principle to the Swedish Mauser arrangement, this rifle has an equally complex sub-target apparatus fitted to the rear of the barrel over the receiver, instead of at the muzzle. It is understood that the modified cocking-piece, at the rear of the bolt, is the drive point for the system.
This rifle was manufactured, circa 1918, by the Cummings Gun Works of Boston, Mass. It is constructed around the shortened stock of a Russian designed Mosin-Nagant rifle, presumably a matter of availability at a time when wartime U.S. service rifle production was under extreme pressure. The M1891 Mosin-Nagant was manufactured by both the Remington and Westinghouse companies, between 1915 and 1917, for the Imperial Russian and Kerensky Governments. More than a million-and-a-half were produced at Ilion and Springfield, and the government of the United States themselves purchased over a quarter-of-a-million for what is believed to have mainly been training use. (figures from Smith's Book of Rifles)
See also the: WILKINSON SUB-TARGET MACHINE ...~.: S.M.L.E. SUB-TARGET DEVICE ~...MAUSER SUB-TARGET DEVICE ..~: HOLLIFIELD "DOTTER" ~... PRACTICE RODS
the British "Swift Training Rifle "and the Canadian "Long Branch Training Rifle" of 1943 vintage.
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