Antique U.S. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY M1898 KRAG .30-40 ARMY Military RIFLE
Used in the PHILIPPINE-AMERICAN War
Here we present an antique U.S. Springfield Krag-Jorgensen Bolt Action Rifle, made just before the turn of the 20th Century in 1898. Named after its inventors, Norwegian Royal Artillery Officer Ole Hermann Johannes Krag and civilian Erik Jorgensen, the Krag-Jorgensen rifle was the first small caliber smokeless powder repeating long arm to be adopted by the U.S. Army.
Around 500,000 “Krags” in .30 Army (.30-40) caliber were produced at the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts from 1894 to 1904. The Krag–Jørgensen rifle in .30 Army was used in the Boxer Rebellion, the Spanish–American War and the Philippine–American War. A few carbines were used by United States cavalry units fighting Apache in New Mexico Territory and preventing poaching in Yellowstone National Park. Two-thousand rifles were taken to France by the United States Army 10th–19th railway engineers during World War I.
This rifle also marked the beginning of the change from large caliber/low muzzle velocity ammo to smaller caliber/higher energy rounds for military applications. Fifty-three different models were tested and rejected before the Army’s 1892 adoption of the Krag-Jorgensen.
The overall condition is near fine. Original finish. The action is excellent. The bore is shiny bright with sharp rifling. The walnut stock is in great shape with a faint cartouche on the left flat.
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Barrel is 30 inches.
Caliber: .30-40 Krag (.30 ARMY)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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