Model 1897 Cadet Rifle
7.5 x 53.5mm
Serial No 2288
Postage Costs £25 via Parcel Force Secure 24Hr
By 1893 the Vetterli Cadet Model 1870 Rifles was in short supply. Consequently
it was decided to build a new Cadet Rifle,
based on the Model 1889 design.
Adopted in 1898, the single shot Model 1897 Cadet Rifles fired a cartridge
with a powder charge that had been reduced by approximately 10%
for the smaller stature cadets. The reduced load produced a muzzle velocity
of approximately 1670fps, as compared to the standard round which
produced a muzzle velocity of approximately 1900fps.
In order to accommodate both standard GP90 ammunition
and the cadet round, the rear sight has two sets of graduations.
The left side of the sight was graduated for the GP 90 cartridge, while
the right was graduated for the cadet round.
These were only manufactured in single shot.
Total Production of 7987
Uncommon Cadet Rifle in Very Good Condition
Matching Serial Numbers
(Except Rear Sight Leaf)
Original Muzzle Cap & Sling
Manufactured in 1899
(1899 Serial No Range: 2101- 3749)
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