Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1896 Krag
Serial Number: 98191
Year of Manufacture: June, 1898 (see page 233 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 1896. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY. 98191”. The rear of the bolt handle is marked “9” and “S 7”. The barrel band is marked “U”. The bottom of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof.
Barrel Length: Approximately 30 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned 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”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has a straight grip, cutout for the bolt handle, finger grooves, barrel band, nosecap, 2 sling loops, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows scratches, discoloration from oxidation, and light surface erosion. The nosecap and barrel band shows scrapes and discoloration. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Many have damaged small portions of the surface wood. Most of these marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 ½ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttstock. This stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as an antique.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is dark. The rifling is well defined. There is erosion throughout. The bore shows an M.E. of 3.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle has lost the majority of its finish to oxidation. The receiver and magazine retain a small amount of blue finish from the refinishing. The metal shows scrapes, scratches, discoloration from oxidation and surface erosion. The screw heads show use. The receiver markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good to Very Good condition as a refinished antique.
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: None
Our Assessment: This Springfield Armory Model 1896 Krag was made back in June of 1898. June of 1898 was the last month of production for the Model 1896 Krag and the first month of production for the Model 1898 Krag. This Krag is over 120 years old but still has nice deep markings on the receiver. The bore is not the brightest but it is still good enough to slay paper out at the range. This Model 1896 Krag will add to your Military collection. It’s an antique so no FFL is required…unless you live in California.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable? (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS): This Antique rifle can be transferred in California but must be transferred through your local dealer or at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to you. For a gun to be classified Antique and be shipped direct, California requires that “the firearm use ammunition manufactured in or before 1898, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.” Penal Code: 16170. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.