SOLD FOR: $2580
Model: 1898 Krag Carbine
Serial Number: 134152
Year of Manufacture: 1898 (Page 234, The American Krag Rifle and Carbine, 2nd Edition Revised by Joe Poyer)
Caliber: .30-40 Krag
Action Type: Bolt Action, Fed by Side Mounted Magazine
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned post set atop base at the muzzle. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade attached to an escalator assembly. The sight can be flipped up to become a ladder sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a two piece hardwood with straight grip, straight comb, barrel band, a cavalry carbine sling bar with ring, and a metal butt plate. The metal butt plate has a light brown patina. The wood has light scratches from handling and storage. There are no cracks or chips. Many collectible markings are present on the stock. The LOP measures 13.5” from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt pad. The stocks rate in Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi dark. The rifling is well defined. There is light erosion at the muzzle. In this writer’s opinion and for the age, this bore rates a 7 out of 10.
Many military weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide. For example, the U.S. used corrosive ammunition throughout WWII. The U.S. military did not begin to phase out corrosive-primed ammunition until the 1950’s.
Overall Condition: This rifle has about 60% of its finish remaining. The metal shows scratches, scrapes, thinning and varying degrees of discoloration from oxidation. The barrel shows scratches and light surface erosion and discoloration from oxidation. The receiver and magazine shows scratches and a mottled finish. The bottom metal also shows some surface oxidation. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are used. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good – Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action and safety function correctly. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle has a cleaning rod in the storage port in the butt stock. Also included are several pages of loose receipts from the consignor about the rifle and a catalog from a dealer.
Our Assessment: This Springfield Armory Model 1898 Krag Carbine was made at the early portion of Krag production in the 1898 model. This Krag has deep markings on the receiver. This carbine was made as a carbine, and not reconfigured from a rifle. Several collectible markings are still present on the stock. This Model 1898 Krag is over 120 years and should be a good target rifle or for someone who is interested in hunting with one of the classic American rifle cartridges.