1917 Eddystone practice gun
Am new here and looking for information about a "rifle" I have had for a few decades.
It is a full size 1917 Eddystone rifle with absolutely same look and feel as the 30-06 version. I have several other full Eddystone/Remington/Winchester rifles and this thing weighs/feels the same. Bolt feels the same as well as trigger pull. Action looks identical.
This one has no steel barrel. The wood stock is full length, with a dual pointed pin that pops out about 3/4" from the end of the stock when the trigger is pulled.
The story I heard when I got it was that since the real rifle was in such short supply during WWI when we were gearing up for the effort, that trainees started with this as practice rifle, where the target was "scaled" to 100 yard size, but placed at the end of the stock. When trigger was pulled, a hole was punched in the paper, showing where the bullet would hit if you were really shooting a real bullet at a target 100 yards away.
Have been curious about it and am wondering if anyone has any more/better information about these things? Even just knowing what they were called would be nice. It has Eddystone markings. (NOT interested in selling. Value would be of casual interest.)