Sold For: $1,131
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1898 Krag
Serial Number: 174370
Year of Manufacture: February, 1899 (see page 234 of The American Krag Rifle and Carbine by Joe Poyer)
Caliber: 30-40 Krag
Action Type: Bolt Action, Fed by Side Mounted Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “U.S. / MODEL 1898. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY. 174370”. The rear of the bolt handle is marked “S1 2” and “X”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “1”. The barrel band is marked “U”. The bottom of the grip is marked “32” and with a “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a boxed inspector’s cartouche “JSA / 1899” (J.S. Adams, see page 60 of The American Krag Rifle and Carbine by Joe Poyer). The top of the buttplate is marked “D 3 / 6”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 30 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade set atop a raised base. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade attached to an escalator assembly. The left side of the rear sight base is marked “4B 3 2 1” for use with the escalator. When flipped up it becomes a sight ladder that uses a sliding “U” notched blade and aperture. The ladder is marked from “1-20”. The left side of the receiver has been drilled, tapped & filled with 4 small screws. These can be used to secure a scope base.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has a straight grip, cutout for the bolt handle, finger grooves, barrel band, nosecap, stacking loop, 2 sling loops, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows scratches and surface erosion. The nosecap shows scrapes, small scratches and discoloration from oxidation. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Several have damaged small portions of the surface wood. Most of these marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttstock. This stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is grey and the rifling is deep. There is erosion present; more prominent in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.8.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains approximately 85% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and discoloration from oxidation. The receiver, magazine, and trigger guard also show thinning. The screw heads show use. The receiver markings are deep, but the bottom edges have been damaged by the screw holes. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a brown leather sling that shows a few light scrapes. It is in about Fine Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This Springfield Armory Model 1898 Krag Rifle was made back in 1899. Unfortunately it is 2 months “too young” to be considered an antique. It is in nice shape for its age. It still has deep markings on the receiver and a nice inspector’s cartouche on the stock. This 121 year old Krag can still do work out at the range and will add to your Military collection.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable? (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R rifle can be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.