but in The Golden Century, John Knibbs writes that the Cadet was: "Advertised as being capable of dealing with small game and vermin at up to 30 yards range". He adds: "This was not an advertising boast; when new, the Cadet was a very powerful and accurate rifle, well able to kill rabbits and pigeons at its advertised range."
He says that in 1955, in order to make the Cadet more powerful still, the buffer washer behind the piston head was omitted to increase the swept volume of the cylinder, but this caused more recoil and made it unpleasant to shoot. In October 1955 an improved buffer washer was fitted behind the washer assembly which lowered the power slightly but made it smoother to shoot, with less kick.
Mr Knibbs also notes that the larger Cadet Major, which had a compression cylinder one inch longer and a longer piston, "gave an increase in swept volume resulting in a considerable increase in power".
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