Rifle, Cadet's Practice Type 2

A cadet's practice rifle dating to pre-World War One. The rifle has a false barrel, and was used by cadets for drill training. This rifle is missing its sling swivels and the barrel cleaning rod.
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Cadet units in New Zealand have a long and interesting history, starting with the first unit being raised in Dunedin in 1864. Cadet units were developed through schools, and around World War One cadet units at schools around the country (including Taranaki) were focused on drills and discipline. Practice rifles like this one were used for school cadets to practice drills with, as they did not fire. Instead, a small percussion cap was placed in the action which made a noise when the trigger was pulled. This particular rifle dates to pre-World War One, when cadet units were seen as an important part of New Zealand's preparation for defending the Empire. However little is known of its exploits with Taranaki cadets. It spent a number of years at Spotswood College, before being used by a local family as a toy for their children.
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