SOLD FOR: $1280
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1898 Krag
Serial Number: 399885
Year of Manufacture: July, 1902 (see page 236 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. 399885”. The rear of the bolt handle is marked “S4” and “X”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “1”. The barrel band is marked “U”. The bottom of the grip is marked ”D” and with a “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a boxed inspector’s cartouche “JSA / 1902” (J.S. Adams, see page 60 of The American Krag Rifle and Carbine by Joe Poyer).
The sling is marked “ROCK ISLAND / ARSENAL / 1908” and “E.H.S.”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 30 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade set atop a raised base. The rear sight is a “U” notched blade attached to an escalator assembly. marked from “2-20”.
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. The buttplate and nosecap show small scratches and light surface erosion. The wood shows scattered scrapes, scratches and compression marks. The LOP measures 13 1/2 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. This stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are gray. The rifling is deep. There is erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.8.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 87% its metal finish as refinished. The barrel and the magazine have areas of surface erosion bleeding through the new finish causing discoloration. The receiver and magazine show discoloration from oxidation. The metal shows scrapes, thin scratches and discoloration. The trigger guard shows thinning and light surface erosion. The screw heads show oxidation. The receiver markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good overall 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 leather sling and a metal oiler. The rifle uses a “headless” cocking piece.
Our Assessment: This Springfield Armory Model 1898 Krag Rifle was made back in 1902. The rifle has been refinished but still has nice deep markings on the receiver and on the stock. The clear markings make the rifle more desirable to collectors. This Model 1898 Krag is 120 years old. It looks good and can still do lots of work out at the range. Good luck.