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Original U.S. Springfield M1898 .30-40 Krag-Jørgensen Rifle Serial 111648 with Bayonet - Made in 1898

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. 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 M1898 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 predecessors. The differences over the M1896 were mainly incremental, with changes to the sight and other parts.

Our example is stamped on the receiver:

U.S.
MODEL 1898. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY. 111648

Research reveals that serial number 111648 dates the time of manufacture to the the first half of 1898, which is part of U.S. fiscal year 1898. 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 1902 pattern rear sight. This sight has the same footprint and is a drop in replacement for the 1898 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 good, with some the original metal finish present, with the rest worn to a gray patina. The stock and handguard are worn and show a good amount of dents and small scratches and chips, however it has not been sanded down, so the original cartouche by the trigger is clear with an 1898 date. The original stylized "P" on the stock under the trigger guard, is present, showing the rifle passed the barrel overpressure testing. 

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 very good condition, with the expected wear from age and use. The grips are great shape, with the correct flat top rivets, and it is dated 1996 on the ricasso and marked U.S. on the reverse. The blade is in excellent condition, with a very nice bright finish with minimal staining. The bayonet lock functions smoothly. The scabbard shows wear and use, with light, with a lot of the finish worn off, and a peppery patina. The belt hanger is firm, as the tensioning washer is not worn out.

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

Specifications-

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.

  • This product is not available for shipping in US state(s): New Jersey

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