SOLD FOR: $1125
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1899 Krag Carbine
Serial Number: 282239
Year of Manufacture: September, 1900 (see page 235 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 1899. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY. 282239”. The rear of the bolt handle is marked “6” and “S9”. The barrel band is marked “U”. The right side of the front sight blade, left side of the rear sight base, and the top of the rear sight ladder are each marked “C” for Carbine. 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). The bottom of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof.
Barrel Length: Approximately 22 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade atop a raised base. The right side of the blade is marked “C” for Carbine. The Model 1901 Carbine rear sight (page 104 to 105 of William Brophy’s book, The Krag Rifle) is an adjustable “U” notched escalator assembly when down. The left side of the rear sight base is marked “1 2 3 4B 5” and “C” for Carbine. When flipped up the assembly becomes a sight ladder with a sliding “U” notched blade. The sight ladder is marked from “1-23” and with a small “C” (on the sliding blade) for Carbine.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a straight grip, cut out for the bolt handle, finger grooves, barrel band, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows scratches, discoloration from oxidation, and light surface erosion. The barrel band shows scratches and discoloration from oxidation. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of 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 buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray. The rifling is deep; shallow at the muzzle. There is erosion throughout; more prominent in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.5.
Overall Condition: The rifle has lost its original metal finish. The metal shows small scrapes, thin scratches, discoloration from oxidation and light surface erosion. The screw heads show use and oxidation. Most of the receiver markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about 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: A small metal Krag oiler tube is stored in the butt. It is stored in a sealed plastic bag. We did not open the bag. It is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This Springfield Armory Model 1899 Krag Carbine was made back in September of 1900. It is a true Model 1899 Krag Carbine not a Conversion as it is marked “1899” on the receiver. There were no Model 1899 Krag Rifles made; only 1899 Carbines. The rifle is 121 years old and is in good shape. Model 1899 Krag Carbines are scarce. Only 36,000 were ever produced. This one has Carbine sights installed and uses a headless knurled cocking piece that was only installed on Model 1899 Krag Carbines. It will add to your Military or Krag collection.
For more on this Model 1899 Krag Carbine see pages 77 to 79 of Lt Col. William S. Brophy’s book, The Krag Rifle. Good luck.