Original U.S. Antique Springfield M1898 .30-40 Krag-Jørgensen DCM Carbine Serial 140399 – Made in 1898
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice (1898) Krag M1898 Rifle, the standard U.S. Long arm of the late 19th and early 20th century. As issued, 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:
MODEL 1898. SPRINGFIELD…
Research reveals that serial number 140399 dates the time of manufacture to the fall of 1898, which is part of U.S. fiscal year 1899. The stock is fitted with a M1896 solid smooth buttplate with a curved toe and butt-trap. Later, in the 1920s, this rifle was reduced to “carbine length”, most likely at Benecia Arsenal in California. The front sight was replaced with an M1903 Springfield style sight, and the rear sight was replaced with a M1896 type. The top handguard was removed at this time as well. This was done under the auspices of the Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship, and these were then sold off for use by the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
Condition is good, with some the original metal finish present, with the rest worn to a gray patina. The stock and handguard show wear, and there is a replaced chunk near the magazine side plate on the left. The bore does show rifling, but is also worn, probably from use in training.
The original boxed cartouche is still visible, reading JSA / 1902, for J. Sumnar Adams, the Springfield Armory master armorer of the period. The original stylized “P” on the stock under the trigger guard is also present, showing the rifle passed the barrel overpressure testing. Both sling swivels are present and in good shape. Action works smoothly and all components have a nice finish, with slight oxidation on the bright areas.
A great example of the standard turn of the 20th century U.S. Service rifle, converted to a carbine for training in the 1920s. 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.