Sold For: $2,602
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1892 Krag
Serial Number: 20237
Year of Manufacture: September, 1895 (see page 232 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. / 1894. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY. 20237”. The barrel band is marked “U”. The bottom of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a boxed inspector’s cartouche “JSA / 1896” (J.S. Adams, see page 60 of The American Krag Rifle and Carbine by Joe Poyer).
Barrel Length: Approximately 30 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade set atop a raised base. The rifle uses a Model 1896 rear sight (see pages 158-159 of The American Krag Rifle and Carbine by Joe Poyer). The rear sight is an adjustable “U” notched escalator. The left side of the rear sight base is marked “3 4 5 6” for use with the escalator. The sight flips up to become a sight ladder marked from “7-18”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a straight grip, cut out for the bolt handle, finger grooves, nosecap with bayonet lug, hole for the included cleaning rod, stacking loop, 2 sling loops, barrel band, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows small scratches, thinning, and surface erosion. The nosecap and barrel band show scratches, thinning and discoloration from oxidation. The left side of the stock shows deep scrapes in and below the finger groove. The wood shows other scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Many of these marks have been finished over. The LOP measures 13 ¼ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as an antique.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is grey and the rifling is well defined. There is erosion throughout; more prominent in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 4.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 60% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, scratches, discoloration from oxidation, and surface erosion. Some of the screw heads show heavy use. The receiver markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition as 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 1892 Krag Rifle is a (bit) confusing but very interesting rifle. It is a Model 1892, but it is correctly marked “1894” on the receiver. According to page 254 of The American Krag Rifle and Carbine by Joe Poyer, Model 1892 receivers are marked “1894”. This 1892 Krag Rifle was made way back in September of 1895. It is 125 years old and has seen some use. It has been refinished so it still looks good (for its age). Luckily it still has nice deep markings on the receiver and an inspector’s cartouche on the stock. The bore is not the brightest but the rifle can still ring steel out at the range. Best of all this Model 1892 Krag is 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.