Model 1898 Krag-Jørgensen Rifle, Caliber .30-40
The Krag-Jørgensen is a repeating bolt action rifle designed by Norwegians Krag and Jørgensen in the late 1800's. It was adopted as a standard arm by Denmark, the U.S. and Norway. Krags were used in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion, the Spanish–American War (including Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders), the Philippine–American War, and by U.S. cavalry fighting Apaches. Around 500,000 Krags were produced at the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts from 1894 to 1904. The Krag-Jørgensen is a popular rifle among collectors, and is valued by shooters for its smooth action. You know you've gotta have one! For more details, see Wikipedia.
This specimen is U.S. Model 1898 rifle made for the U.S. Army by Springfield Armory, Massachusetts, in 1900, serial #238573, an infantry version with long barrel.
• Production records indicate this serial number was manufactured in 1900.
• The metal finish is very good, no rust or pitting, no patina, with a smooth even finish. The left side of the receiver and the bolt are a bit splotchy looking.
• The wood looks good from afar, but up close reveals lots of small dings and scratches from 115 years of wear. The bottom forestock has a thin crack about 3" long on both the left and right sides, but it does not affect the integrity of the wood or the shooting. There is also a small crack on the top forestock in front of the rear sight, 2" long. The last three photos show close-ups of these minor cracks.
• The bore is shiny, but not mirror shiny, and not dark either - it may just need a good scrubbing. It has clearly visible rifling, and no rust corrosion or pitting.
• Sights: Front post and V-notch. The front sight is a thin blade. The rear sight is leaf on a roller-coaster type ramp, with a bar that slides up the leaf and locks in place with a knurled knob, raising the leaf on the ramp. Elevation range is from "2" to "20", for 200 to 2,000 yards. There is also a knob on the left for windage adjustment.
• A magazine cutoff switch is on the left rear of the receiver, allowing single shot fire by loading from the top, while holding the magazine in reserve for when the Indians charge.
• A safety lever can be used to lock the trigger and bolt.
• Removing and re-inserting the bolt is tricky, but not to fear, illustrated takedown instructions are included.
• Sling swivels are located under the front barrel band and on the buttstock. No sling is present.
• There is a bayonet lug under the nosecap.
• There is a trap door in the buttplate over a chamber to store cleaning supplies inside.
• Action: Bolt
• Caliber: .30-40 (.30 diameter bullet with 40 grains of powder)
• Barrel length: 30 inches
• Overall length: 49 inches
• Weight: 9 lbs.
• Magazine capacity: 5
• Rate of fire: 30-40 rounds a minute
• Muzzle velocity: 2,000 to 2,800 feet per second, depending on bullet weight
• Left receiver: "U.S. Model 1898. Springfield Armory. 238573"
• Barrel band: "U"
• Left buttstock, strong cartouche, stylized characters: "JSA 1899" (J.S. Adam's inspector mark)
• Underside buttstock: "N' and a stylized "P" in a circle (proof fire mark)
• That's it! There are relatively few marks on this rifle compared to most other military arms.
• Photos: 5 photos are attached. There are 20 more available - e-mail me and I'll send the full set. Any questions? Just ask!
Legal: The transfer will have to be made through an FFL of your choosing, and you will be responsible for paying his fee to do the exchange. If you have a regular FFL license or a Curio & Relic license, I can ship directly to you.
Shipping cost will be $25 by UPS, to include shipping, insurance, tracking. and packaging materials.
Trades Accepted: No
Private individual disposing of a collection.