Original U.S. Springfield Model 1892 Krag-Jørgensen Shortened Rifle Serial 3210 Converted to M1896 - Made in 1894

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an extremely rare very early production (1894) Krag M1892 Rifle. It originally measured 49 inches (1,200 mm) in overall length weighing 9.3 pounds with a 30-inch (760 mm) barrel, however it was shortened at some point to be 43 inches long, with a 24 inch 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).

Our example is stamped on the receiver:


Research reveals that serial number 3210 dates to year of manufacture of 1894, the first year of production. It has the original style stock with the plugged cleaning rod slot, the 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 still has traces of the double 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 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 the usual wear around the magazine door and bolt. The receiver finish has faded to a nice peppery patina. The stock and handguard are a nice dark red color, and show minor handling marks and very light impressions in some areas, as well as some darker areas on the butt stock near the butt plate. 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. Bore is mostly bright, with clear lands and grooves. There is rounding on the lands and darkening in the grooves, so this rifle was definitely used.

We do not know why it was shortened by 6 inches, but it definitely appears to have been done after military service. The front of the barrel was tapped for a sight, however it is currently missing, so there is no front sight.

A classic U.S. military rifle with an interesting history, ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1894
Caliber:  .30-40 Krag
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 24 Inches
Overall Length: 43 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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