Steyr 1894 Krag-Jorgensen Norway Contract 6.5×55 Bolt Action Rifle Antique

SOLD FOR: $1325

LSB#: 210826DW04

Make: Steyr of Austria. A Norwegian contract rifle.

Model: 1894 Krag-Jorgensen

Serial Number: 350

Year of Manufacture: 1897

Caliber: 6.5x55mm

Action Type: Bolt Action, Fed by Side Mounted Magazine

Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked “STEYR / 1897”. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The bolt handle, cocking piece, top of the rear sight base, and the magazine follower are each marked with the serial number.

Barrel Length: Approximately 30 Inches

Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post atop a small base. The rear sight is a “U” notched blade attached to a sliding escalator assembly. It is marked from “1 – 21” in increments of 2 and “2200” at the top.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, cut out for the bolt handle, scallop for the magazine cutoff, finger grooves, hole for the missing cleaning rod, 2 barrel bands, sling points on the front barrel band & under the butt, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The refinished buttplate has surface erosion showing through the new finish. It also shows discoloration. The wood shows scrapes, scratches, and compression marks that have been finished over. The LOP measures 13 ? inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition as refurbished.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The lands are light grey and the grooves are dark. The rifling is deep; less pronounced at the muzzle. There is erosion throughout, more substantial in the grooves and at the muzzle.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its metal finish, as refinished. Oxidation and surface erosion show through the new finish. The metal shows scrapes, thin scratches, and areas of discoloration from oxidation. The discoloration from oxidation is substantial on the top of the barrel. The bolt assembly shows discoloration from oxidation and surface erosion. The screw heads show use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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 Model 1894 Krag-Jorgensen was made as a contract rifle for Norway way back in 1897. This Krag has rare markings on the receiver as well as matching numbers on the bolt handle, cocking piece, rear sight base, and magazine follower. Only 10,000 Model 1894 Krags were made by Steyr in 1897. Total Model 1894 Krag production by Steyr was 33,500 rifles in 1896 & 1897. This one has been refinished & looks great for its age. Krags made by Steyr are prized by collectors. This Model 1894 will add to any Krag collection.
For more information on the Norwegian 1894 Krag see pages 137-139 of Lt. Col. William S. Brophy’s Book, The Krag Rifle.

Steyr 1894 Krag-Jorgensen Norway Contract 6.5x55 Bolt Action Rifle Antique
Steyr 1894 Krag-Jorgensen Norway Contract 6.5×55 Bolt Action Rifle Antique