Sold For: $1,325
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1898 Krag
Serial Number: 363080
Year of Manufacture: December, 1901 (see page 236 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. 363080”. The rear of the bolt handle is marked “S12” and with a partial stamp. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “9”. The barrel band is marked “U”. The bottom of the grip is marked “8” and with a “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a boxed inspector’s cartouche “JSA / 1902” (J.S. Adams, see page 60 of The American Krag Rifle and Carbine by Joe Poyer). It also is marked “WR” above the trigger; we do not know the origin of this marking.
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, stacking loop, 2 sling loops, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The refinished buttplate shows scratches, discoloration, and surface erosion. The nosecap and barrel band shows scrapes, small scratches and discoloration. The left edge of the forearm is missing some surface wood. The wood shows scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Some 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.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are grey and the rifling is deep. There is erosion present at the muzzle and in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains approximately 93% of its metal finish as refinished. Areas of oxidation show through the new finish. The metal shows scrapes, some small scratches, and discoloration from oxidation. The barrel shows a few small spots of light surface erosion. The trigger guard shows scratches and thinning. The screw heads show use. The receiver markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The magazine follower and carrier are stuck in place. They do not place tension on the rounds and push them over & up to be fed into the action. The follower may just need a magazine follower spring, but we cannot be sure. The action functions otherwise. 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 1898 Krag was made back in December of 1901. It has since been refinished so it looks pretty good for being almost 120 years old. Luckily it still has nice deep markings on the receiver and a clear inspector’s cartouche on the stock. The rifle still has a good bore but the magazine has an issue. The magazine may need a new spring inorder to fire more than 1 round at a time.
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.