Original U.S. Springfield Model 1898 Krag–Jørgensen Saddle Carbine - Manufactured in 1898
This is great example of the very hard to find Springfield Model 1898 Krag–Jørgensen Saddle Carbine. Unlike most examples, this was not upgraded later to 1902 standards, and also it was not fitted with a saddle ring as most were (See Flayderman's Guide to Antique Firearms). Only 5001 were ever made, compared to many more rifles. These used by Cavalry units, such as "the Rough Riders" in Cuba, this is perhaps the last of the romantic Cavalry Carbines used by the U.S. army since the horse was from a military perspective "on the way out".
It measures was 41 inches (1,042 mm) in overall length with a 22-inch (560 mm) barrel. The The Springfield Model 1892–99 Krag–Jørgensen rifle is a Norwegian-designed bolt-action rifle that was adopted in 1892 as the standard United States Army military longarm, chambered in U.S. caliber .30-40 Krag.
All versions and variants were manufactured under license by the Springfield Armory between 1892 and 1903 and famously served as the longarm during the Spanish–American War. Although Krags were popular, unique and efficient, the side loading gate mechanism was slow and cumbersome to reload in combat compared to the clip loaded Spanish Mausers the Krag was up against.
The Model 1898 is an incremental improvement over the 1896, which was itself an improvement
over the original 1892 model. It had a magazine cut-off operated in the down position had a cleaning rod that was stored in the butt trap, which mean that even the carbine model would have a cleaning rod. The production tolerances were also improved, resulting in an overall better firearm.
Our example is stamped on the receiver:
MODEL 1898. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY. 231821
Research reveals that serial number 231821 dates to year of manufacture of 1898, last quarter of the year. Springfield Armory had ramped up production for the Spanish-American war, and produced around 72,000 Springfield Krag–Jørgensen arms that year. According to records, there were 5001 Model 1898 Carbines and 5150 Model 1899 carbines produced in 1898, with none being produced in 1899.
The Carbine Model 1898 features the later bolt with the extractor with pin and the receiver is machined to work with the pin. The stock is fitted with a M1896 solid smooth buttplate with a curved toe and butt-trap. It still features the original 22 inch barrel, and has not been modified from the original issue configuration.
Metal condition is very good, with a good amount of the original finish present, with very little sign of pitting. The stock and handguard are in very good condition as well, with the stock having a beautiful grain to it, and a nice dark color. The stock shows minor handling marks and very light impressions in some areas, but is very attractive.
Action works smoothly and all components have a nice finish.
Year of Manufacture: 1898
Caliber: .30-40 Krag
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 22 Inches
Overall Length: 41 Inches
Action type: Bolt-Action
Feed System: 5 round side loaded magazine
Deactivated to Old Spec (1999)