SOLD FOR: $1010
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1898 Krag
Serial Number: 169640
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. 169640”. The rear of the bolt handle is marked “S12” and with partial stampings. The underside of the bolt handle is marked “F”. 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 faded inspectors cartouche that contains “1899” and illegible “letters”.
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”.
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 scrapes, several small scratches and oxidation. The nosecap and barrel band show scrapes, scratches 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 overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is grey. The rifling is deep; less pronounced at the muzzle. There is light erosion throughout; more prominent in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish as refinished. The barrel shows scrapes, small scratches and discoloration from oxidation. The receiver has oxidation showing through the new finish. The receiver shows scrapes, scratches and areas of discoloration. The trigger guard shows scratches, thinning and discoloration. The screw heads show use. The receiver markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about condition Very 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 brass muzzle cover. It shows scrapes & oxidation. It is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This Springfield Armory Model 1898 Krag Rifle was made back in 1899. This Military service rifle is over 120 years old but is 2 months “too young” to be considered an antique. The rifle has been refinished but still has nice markings on the receiver. This distinctive Krag rifle uses a side mounted magazine and should be fun to shoot.