SOLD FOR: $1004
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1898 Krag
Serial Number: 269554
Year of Manufacture: July, 1900 (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. 269554”. The rear of the bolt handle is marked “A” and “c”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “1”. The barrel band is marked “U”. The bottom of the grip is marked “46” and with a “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a boxed inspector’s cartouche “JSA / 1900” (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 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 “6 5 4 3” for use with the escalator. When flipped up it becomes a sight ladder that uses a sliding “U” notched blade. The ladder is marked from “7-18”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has a straight grip, cutout for the bolt handle, finger grooves, barrel band, nosecap with bayonet lug, stacking loop, 2 sling loops, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. Cleaning tools are stored in the butt. The buttplate shows scratches, discoloration, and light surface erosion. The nosecap & barrel band show scrapes, small scratches and discoloration from oxidation. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The LOP measures 13 ½ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. This stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original. The metal has been treated with cold blue.
Bore Condition: The muzzle & grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent light erosion in the grooves and at the muzzle. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 25% of its current metal finish. The metal has been treated with cold blue. The receiver and magazine have oxidation bleeding through the cold blue finish causing discoloration. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, discoloration from oxidation, and areas of light surface erosion. The trigger guard shows thinning. The screw heads show use and oxidation. The receiver markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good overall 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: The rifle comes with a brown leather sling. It shows light scrapes, creasing, discoloration, and soiling on the leather as well as oxidation on the metal. It is in about Very Good condition.
Cleaning gear is stored in the butt. It includes a metal Krag oiler tube and a 3 piece cleaning rod. The oiler shows soiling and light scrapes. It is in about Very Good Plus condition. The cleaning rods thread together. They show scrapes and surface erosion. They are in about Good condition.
Our Assessment: This Springfield Armory Model 1898 Krag Rifle was made back in 1900. It is in good shape for a military rifle of its age. It still has deep markings on the receiver and a faded inspector’s cartouche on the stock. This 121 year old Krag can still do work out at the range and will add to your Military collection. Good luck.