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Original U.S. Springfield M1896 .30-40 Krag-Jørgensen Rifle Serial 62192 with Bayonet - Made in 1897

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice very mid-production (1896) Krag M1896 Rifle, complete with a correct 1902-dated M1892 bayonet and canvas Kerr extension gun sling. 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 62192 dates the time of manufacture to the the very beginning of 1897, 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. The handguard meets the front edge of the receiver fitted with a correct 1896 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.

Condition is very good, with a lot of the original metal finish present, with slight wear around the magazine door and bolt. The stock and handguard are in good condition, and have a nice aged walnut color, though the stock has definitely been sanded a bit, so the inspection cartouche on the left stock above the trigger guard is faded. There are traces of the original stylized "P" on the stock under the trigger guard, along with a freshly struck one, so this rifle was most likely re-proved at Springfield during servicing. The stock shows handling marks and light impressions in some areas, and has a stylized A on the left butt stock.

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. Bore shows clear lands and grooves, with a bright finish, and just a bit of wear. Probably an 8-9 out of 10, definitely one of the best we've seen.

The included Model 1892 bayonet is in good condition, with the expected wear from age and use. There is are some good chunks out of the top of both grip scales, and the metal components are a bit worn and stained. It is dated 1902 on the ricasso and marked U.S. on the reverse. The scabbard shows wear and use, with light denting throughout the scabbard, with a lot of the finish worn off. The belt hanger swings freely, as the tension washer is worn.

A great rifle complete with an original period bayonet and scabbard, ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1897
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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