Original U.S. Springfield M1892 Krag-Jørgensen Converted to M1896 Parade Rifle Serial 17331 - Made in 1895

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an extremely rare early production (1894) Krag M1892 Rifle. It measures was 49 inches (1,200 mm) in overall length weighing 9.3 pounds with a 30-inch (760 mm) barrel.

M1892 Krag Rifles had a magazine cut off that operated in the up position. M1892s can also be identified by the single-piece cleaning rod stored under the barrel. Interestingly, because it took two years to retool for production, model 1892 Krags have receivers dated "1894." Most of the M1892 rifles were then later arsenal reconditioned to the Model 1896 configuration.

This example is one of those reconditioned to the M1896 configuration in arsenal. This involved changing the magazine cutoff to one that operates in down position, and adding three-piece cleaning rod is stored in a butt trap. The front cleaning rod was removed, and the groove in the stock filled with a wood plug. An improved rear sight and tighter production tolerances gave better accuracy. The stock was also altered slightly (made thicker). This example clearly shows the plugged channel in the fore stock, and has the updated model 1896 rear sight.

At some point after that, it was completely nickel plated, for use in drill and parades. These were deemed surplus once the M1903 Springfield was in wide release, so they were distributed to many civic organizations and schools for drill use, or used in parades.

Our Nickel-plated example is stamped on the receiver:


Research reveals that serial number 17331 dates to year of manufacture of 1895, at the very beginning of U.S. Fiscal Year 1896, around July 1895. It has the correct second pattern front barrel band with double straps on top, the later bolt with the extractor with pin and the receiver has also been altered for the extractor pin. It has a nice circled "P" proof behind the trigger guard, indicating the barrel has passed the overpressure testing. The stock is fitted with a M1896 solid smooth buttplate with a curved toe and butt-trap. The handguard meets the front edge of the receiver fitted with an updated model 1896 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.

Condition is very good, with lots of the nickel plating still present, faded to a lovely worn patina.  It has worn through on some areas, giving a lovely mottled appearance. The stock and handguard are fine plus with a lovely red-brown walnut color on the handguard and stock. The stock shows minor handling marks and very light impressions in some areas, as well as some darker areas on the butt stock near the butt plate, but overall this really is a good stock. It doesn't show any signs of major sanding, and the stock cartouches are still visible.

Both sling swivels and the stacking swivel are present and in very good condition. Action works smoothly and all components have a nice finish, with a bit of oxidation on the bright areas. The bore shows rifling, but also has a low of powder fouling in the grooves, so most likely this was a rifle used a lot for parade blank firing, and wasn't cleaned much afterwards.

A really excellent example of a late 19th century U.S. service rifle, Nickel-plated for parade use. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1895
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

Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are no able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.

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