Original U.S. Springfield M1896 Krag–Jørgensen Carbine serial 73633 with Leather Saddle Scabbard - Made in 1897

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of the very hard to find Springfield Model 1896 Krag–Jørgensen Carbine, which still has an intact saddle ring and sight guard. It does look to have seen long service, and is worn on the exterior. However it comes complete with an original 1905 Dated Cavalry Carbine Leather Saddle Scabbard by Rock Island Arsenal! These are very hard to find, especially with the brass fittings intact, and it is only the second time we have had one.

The carbine measures approximately 41 inches (1,042 mm) in overall length with a 22-inch (560 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 Model 1896 is an improvement over the original 1892 model. It had a magazine cut-off operated in the down position had a cleaning rod that was stored in the butt trap, which mean that even the carbine model would have a cleaning rod. The production tolerances were also improved, resulting in an overall better firearm.

Our example is stamped on the receiver:


Research reveals that serial number 73633 dates to year of manufacture of 1897, the second half of the year, which is part of U.S. Fiscal Year 1898. Springfield Armory produced 14122 M1896 carbines that year. All model 1896 rifles and carbines were produced 1898 and prior, and are federally considered antiques.

The Carbine Model 1896 features the later bolt with the extractor with pin and the receiver is machined to work with the pin. The handguard is correct for the model 1896 rear sight, which has a C on the top of the ladder, indicating that it is for a "Carbine." There is also a rare barrel band sight guard directly in front to protect it. The stock is fitted with a M1896 solid smooth buttplate with a curved toe and butt-trap, which is unfortunately empty. It still features the original 22 inch barrel, and has not been modified from the original issue configuration.

Metal condition is very good, with a lovely worn blue patina and a bit of light speckling in areas. The stocks are in very good condition and have a lovely color, showing wear typical of long service, but no major damage we can see. It still has a faint circled P proof behind the trigger guard, indicating the barrel has passed the overpressure testing. The initials C.S.C. have been carved into the left butt stock.

The bore is in good condition, with clear lands and grooves and a bright finish. There is wear on the lands, so this is a carbine that saw service, possibly after it was released to the general public. The carbine cycles nicely, and appears to be fully functional.

The included carbine scabbard is in good used condition, with a lovely aged patina. It measures approximately 31 inches in overall length, and fits the carbine well. These scabbards were used to attach to the saddle and tack of Cavalry horses. 

This fine example is marked:



Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois has been of the major producers of U.S. Arms and Ordnance from after the Civil War until present day. As the name suggests, it is located on Rock Island, on the border of Illinois in the Mississippi river. "T.C." are the initials of the inspector who examined it. Condition is good, though the securing straps are missing, and the stitching is failing on a good portion of the seam.

A great chance to pick up a hard to find U.S. military carbine, complete with an original saddle scabbard! Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1897
Caliber:  .30-40 Krag
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 22 Inches
Overall Length: 41 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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