SOLD FOR: $1425
Make: Kongsberg Arsenal, Norway
Model: 1894 Krag-Jorgensen Infantry Rifle
Serial Number: 107471
Year of Manufacture: 1915
Action Type: Bolt Action, Fed by Side Mounted Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with the Kongsberg Arsenal mark “crown / K” and “1915” next to a crowned “7” in shield. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number and “A”. The barrel band and the components of the rear sight assembly are each marked with the last three digits of the serial number. The wood below the left side of the receiver, the bolt components, and the buttplate are each marked with numbers that do not match the serial number or each other. The top of the rear sight base is marked “D” at the rear and “L” at the front. The magazine cutoff is marked “AA” and “S”.
Barrel Length: 30″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed to a base at the front of the barrel, screw-adjustable for windage. The rear sight is a “U” notched arm with a sliding escalator assembly. It is marked from “1 – 21” in increments of 2 and “2200” at the top.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is wood with two barrel bands, finger grooves in the forend, wood handguard, pistol grip, straight comb, scallop below the magazine cutoff and steel buttplate with a trapdoor storage compartment. There is a stacking swivel on the front barrel band. There are provisions for sling swivels in the rear barrel band, trigger guard, and belly, but no sling swivels are present. There is a hole in the nose of the stock for a cleaning rod, but none is present. The stocks have scattered nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches. There are a few scattered minor losses at edges, but there are no cracks. The LOP measures 14 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered nicks, scratches and light surface oxidation. Overall, the stock rates in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original to the parts, many parts are not original to the receiver.
Bore Condition: The bore is gray with strong rifling. There is scattered light erosion in the bore with some moderate erosion in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 60% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. There is scattered finish wear, most notable on the exposed portion of the barrel, the left panel of the magazine body and the trigger guard. There are some scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches with infrequent minor surface oxidation. The action shows operational wear and there is handling wear on the bolt handle. The screw heads show use with strong slots. The markings are clear. A previous owner has filled most of the markings with a red paint-fill. There is some scattered stubborn red paint residue in protected areas. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
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: The Krag-Jorgensen rifles have a very interesting history. Despite being designed by Norwegians Ole Krag and Erik Jorgensen, the design was adopted first by the Danes, then by America, and only after that did Norway adopt their Model 1894 rifle chambered for the 6.5x55mm Swedish cartridge. This example was made in Kongsberg in 1915. While the parts are mixed, the bore retains strong rifling, and the action is smooth, typical of the Krag-Jorgensen design and part of the reason for its popularity and longevity. This will make a fine addition to a military rifle collection, especially a collection of Krag variants. Please see our photos and good luck!