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US 1898 Krag-Jorgensen .30-40 Krag Rifle made by Springfield Armory - Surplus Good Condition.
Issued in both rifle and carbine configurations, the 1898 Krag-Jorgensen design filled the gap between the Trapdoor Springfield and M1903 in US military service, seeing service during the Spanish-American War in both Cuba and the Philippines. This rifle is a rare find these days and an absolute must for any surplus collection. Watch our video and see extended description for full details.
The Krag–Jørgensen is a repeating bolt action rifle designed in Norway and adopted by the US Army as their standard-issue small arm in 1894 after military trials to find a replacement for the 1873 "Trapdoor" Springfield. A primary reason for the selection of the Krag seems to have been its magazine design, which could be topped off without opening the bolt. Ordnance officials believed the Krag's magazine cutoff and lower reloading speed to be an advantage, which conserved ammunition on the battlefield. This magazine design would later prove to be a distinct disadvantage once U.S. soldiers encountered Spanish troops armed with the charger-loaded 1893 7mm Spanish Mauser in the Spanish–American War. The US Krags were chambered for the rimmed .30-40 Krag round, also known as the .30 U.S., .30 Army, or .30 Government. The .30 Army was the first smokeless powder round adopted by the U.S. military, but its civilian name retained the "caliber-charge" designation of earlier black powder cartridges. The Krag eventually proved uncompetitive with Mauser-derived designs, most notably in combat operations in Cuba and the Philippines during the Spanish–American War. It served as the U.S. military's primary rifle for only 12 years, when the M1903 Springfield rifle in 1906 replaced it.Krag rifles are a rarity on the marketplace today, and their unique design and high level of collectibility make them a sought after find for the surplus enthusiast. This is a very small lot of assorted Krag variations. These are in average surplus good condition but expect regular wear and battle fatigue. All are functional, and we expect them to go fast.
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