Original U.S. Antique Springfield Model 1896 .30-40 Krag-Jørgensen Rifle Serial 44127 - Made in 1896

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great condition middle production (1896) Springfield Krag-Jørgensen M1896 Rifle, the standard U.S. Long arm of the time. It measures was 49 inches (1,200 mm) in overall length weighing 9.3 pounds with a 30-inch (760 mm) barrel. The The Springfield Model 1892–99 Krag–Jørgensen rifle is a Norwegian-designed bolt-action rifle that was adopted in 1892 as the standard United States Army military longarm, chambered in U.S. caliber .30-40 Krag. All versions and variants were manufactured under license by the Springfield Armory between 1892 and 1903 and famously served as the longarm during the Spanish–American War. Although Krags were popular, unique and efficient, the side loading gate mechanism was slow and cumbersome to reload in combat compared to the clip loaded Spanish Mausers the Krag was up against.

The M1896 rifle differs from the earlier M1892 version, in that the magazine cut-off operates in down position and a three-piece cleaning rod is stored in a butt trap. It also had an improved rear sight and tighter production tolerances to give better accuracy when compared to its predecessor.

Our example is stamped on the receiver:


Research reveals that serial number 44127 dates the time of manufacture to the second half of 1896, which is part of U.S. fiscal year 1897. The stock is fitted with a M1896 solid smooth buttplate with a curved toe and butt-trap, which is unfortunately empty. The handguard meets the front edge of the receiver, surrounding the correct M1896 pattern rear sight. These are very desirable as a U.S. military service rifle as most of these rifles saw heavy use in the Spanish-American War and early 1900s until the development of the M1903 rifle. Many were later modified / updated with new stocks or sights, but this example shows no signs of having parts replaced, and is totally correct.

Condition is very good with a lightly worn blued finish to the metalwork, while the bolt is still mostly the original bright steel. There is even a good amount of the "niter blue" on the extractor on top of the bolt. The stock and handguard are in very good condition, with a lovely red-brown walnut color, and no signs of arsenal reconditioning. There are the expected scratches and small dings from service, but this is still really a great stock. It still has a clear circled stylized P proof behind the trigger guard, indicating the barrel has passed the overpressure testing. The boxed cartouches on the left side of the stock has however mostly worn away, with just a ghost remaining. There are also finger grooves worn into the bottom of the stock under the sight from handling.

Both sling swivels and the stacking swivel are present and in good shape. Action works smoothly and all components have a nice finish, with slight oxidation on the bright areas. The bore is in very good condition, showing clear lands and grooves with a mostly bright finish. There is definitely some rounding of the lands, so this is a rifle that did see some level of service during its lifetime. The magazine opens correctly, and the cutoff lever moves, moving the internal portion that blocks further cartridges from feeding.

A great example of the standard turn of the 20th century U.S. Service rifle, ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1896
Caliber:  .30-40 Krag
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 30 Inches
Overall Length: 49 Inches
Action type: Bolt-Action
Feed System: 5 round side loaded magazine

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