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Original U.S. Springfield M1896 .30-40 Krag-Jørgensen Rifle Serial 93120 with Bayonet & Sling - Made in 1898

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice late-production (1898) Krag 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 93120 dates the time of manufacture to the  first half of 1898, which is part of U.S. fiscal year 1898, just before the model 1898 was patterned. The stock is fitted with a M1896 solid smooth buttplate with a curved toe and butt-trap, which is empty. 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 there is wear, and the stock was refinished at some point. This has made the original stock cartouches faint, including the stylized "P" overpressure proof under the wrist.

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 lands and grooves, with a mostly bright finish, though the lands are definitely worn. Probably rates a 7 out of 10. 

The included Model 1892 bayonet is in very good condition, with the expected wear from age and use. The blade is still bright steel, with only light wear, and the grips are in good shape. It is dated 1898 on the ricasso and marked U.S. on the reverse. The grips have the correct ground flat washers for the time period. The scabbard shows wear and use, with light denting throughout the scabbard, especially on one edge. The belt hanger is the correct early pattern, with the open hook belt attachment.

The attached original sling is in good condition, though it does show use and age. It is marked ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL along with an inspection mark, and is the correct type used with both the Springfield Trapdoor and Krag rifles. It still has the smaller keeper loop, but the larger is unfortunately missing. It looks to have been on this rifle for quite some time.

A great example of the standard turn of the 20th century U.S. Service rifle, complete with a rare original sling and bayonet. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1898
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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