A History of Drill and Training Rifles Part 15

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Carson Long Military Institute Carson Long Military Institute is a direct descendent of Bloomfield Academy which was founded in 1835. It is currently the oldest boarding school in the United States that still has military training. In 1914, Bloomfield Academy was purchased by Theodore K. Long and, in 1916, he renamed the school Carson Long Institute as a living memorial …

A History of Drill and Training Rifles Part 10

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Rubber Bayonets and Kadets of America Rubber Bayonets I have spent considerable time and have made many contacts in the toy field and have found no definitive information relating to the production of rubber bayonets that were used on the Parris Mfg. Co TraineRifle and Daisy Sport Trainer. The Daisy Sport Trainer Model 634 was produced from 1966 through 1969 …

A History of Drill and Training Rifles Part 9

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PARRIS MFG. CO. -TOY DRILL RIFLES My only interest in the Parris Mfg. Co. toy rifles is in their bolt action models that were generally patterned after the 1903 Springfield rifle. However, some general information is useful in understanding their development. It appears that Cecil Parris was the driving force in developing their toy gun market. He was younger that …

A History of Drill and Training Rifles Part 8

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PARRIS-DUNN CORP. – CIVILIAN DRILL RIFLES Following the completion of their military contracts for the Parris-Dunn Training Rifle in 1943, they continued making a similar model for the civilian market. In 1949, William Dunn retired and sold the company to Cecil Parris. Parris renamed the company the Parris Manufacturing Company and continued to produce toy guns and drill rifles in …

A History of Drill and Training Rifles Part 7

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The Parris-Dunn Variant   This Parris-Dunn variant is unusual in many ways. This configuration is previously unknown and subject to speculation. At this time I believe that it is an early prototype of the Navy model. It is known that when the US Navy approached Parris-Dunn about producing a training rifle, they wanted several design changes from the Army model. …

A History of Drill and Training Rifles Part 6

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THE PARRIS-DUNN TRAINING RIFLE   Victory 1942 model Mark I Navy model Unfortunately, no Parris-Dunn production records still exist, so all of the information relating to them has been pieced together from other sources. An early employee by the name of Maurice O. Greimann wrote short article in 1984 concerning the Parris-Dunn Corp and his information has been invaluable. In …