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This is a fine condition Springfield Armory Model 1898 Krag Rifle with original bayonet and scabbard. The serial number on this rifle is 442399, which places its manufacture in March 1903, which was the last year of Krag Model 1898 production, and only eight months before the last Krag rifle was made.

 

The Receiver on this rifle is the 2nd Type Krag receiver and is in very fine condition retaining 98% of the original dark, oil quenched finish with small areas of scattered pewter patina showing through in places. The Magazine well portion of the Receiver shows minimal wear and retains the vast majority of its original, dark oil finish. The oil quench line inside the receiver is still very crisp and well delineated. The left receiver bolt recess and safety lug both remain in the white with virtually no wear noted. The left side of the Receiver, where the nomenclature, manufacture and serial number stamps are located, retains 95% of the original dark, oil blackened finish. The chamber face of the Receiver retains the majority of its original dark finish. The Loading Gate lug and pin both retain the majority of their original finish. The Side Plate also retains 98% of the original dark, oil blackened finish that is only slightly fading.

 

The Loading Gate retains 95% of the original dark finish with wear noted on the top portion of the gate thumb latch. The Follower remains correctly in the white and exhibits virtually no wear. The Carrier retains 98% of its original dark oil finish. The visible portions of the Hinge Bar also exhibit 98% of it the original dark oil finish. The Magazine Spring remains strong, and the gate still opens and closes securely.

 

 

The Barrel on this rifle is its original Type 2, Service Rifle Barrel. The Barrel is 26” long.  The crown of the barrel is unmarred and is correctly polished to the white with some salt and pepper patina around the edge.  The bore of this Rifle has strong rifling with moderate frosting in the lands and grooves along its length, but it still retains a bright finish.  The Barrel retains 98% of its original blued finish on the upper, exposed portion. 

 

The Front Sight Stud is present and is solidly brazed to the barrel. The Stud retains 98% of its original blued finish with wear noted on the top edge and on the sharp edges. The Front Sight Post is present and is still secured to the Stud with the original

pin. The Front Sight Post is the correct Type 4, which is .410” tall, and which was initially developed for the Model 1898 Rear Sight. The Front Sight Post retains 98% of its original blue finish with wear noted on the forward portion of the front slope and on the sharp edges.

 

The Rifle is equipped with the correct and fine condition Model 1903 Adjustable Rear Sight, Type 3, which is graduated to 2,000 yards on the elevation leaf, which retains 98% of its original blued finish.  The rear sight base retains the majority of its original blued finish.  The Slide and Cap retain 95% of their original blue finish. The Cap Screw is single slotted and retains the majority of its original finish.  The Binding Screw retains 99% of its original blue finish. The Rear Sight Base retains 98% of its original blue finish and is in fine condition.  The Swing -Up Aperture is present and works crisply.  The rear sight adjusts correctly for windage.  The Rear Sight operates perfectly for both elevation and windage.

 

The Bolt is a fine condition and correct Type 5 with the extended flat on the bottom of the bolt handle root. The Bolt is correctly polished, and the bolt face retains the majority of its original, though slightly faded, dark oil finish.  Considerable original dark oil finish remains in the beveled channel on the side of the bolt.  The bottom of the bolt handle root has a “7” stamp.  The heat lot code “S15” and several other inspection stamps are on the rear flat of the bolt handle root.  The Cocking Piece is in fine condition and is the correct Type 3 with the beveled lug and extended safety notch. The head or comb of the Cocking Piece has three full rows of serrations and two partial rows, front and rear. The comb retains 95% of the original blued finish. The recessed portions of the lug retain all of its original blued finish. The Lug retains considerable original finish on the left and right sides. The locking notch and safety lock notch both retain 98% of the original blued finish with only the faintest of wear noted. The Bolt Sleeve is a very fine and correct Type 3 Sleeve. The Bolt Sleeve retains 95% plus of the original dark oil finish. The Safety detent channel is very clean and still retains considerable original dark oil finish. The Sleeve Barrel retains considerable original dark oil finish. The Extractor Rivet is still secured to the sleeve and it retains virtually all of its original dark oil finish.

 

The Extractor is the correct and very fine 3rd Type with the rounded portion near the rear portion where it connects to the sleeve. The Extractor main body and cartridge rim hook portion still retain the vast majority of its original bright, tempered blue finish on both the top and bottom.

 

The Safety Lock is the correct two-piece type that was press fitted together. The Safety Lock retains considerable original case-hardened finish on both sides. The Spindle is still present with a strong spring and the Safety Lock functions perfectly.  The bolt spring remains correctly in the white.  The original Striker remains in the white on the outer surface and the inner surface still retains the majority of its original dark finish.  The striker tip remains undamaged.

 

The rifle sits in its original Model 1898 Rifle Stock. The Stock has the correct squared bolt recess. The finger grooves are present and the upper and lower edges remain sharp. The left side stock flat has a mint, crisp, boxed, clipped corner cartouche with the script initials “JSA” over the date “1903.” The initials are those of J. S. Adams, who was the Springfield Armory subinspector who took over inspection duties at Springfield upon the death of Master Armorer Samuel W. Porter in 1894. J. S. Adams inspected the majority of Krag rifles from 1894 until the end of production. The bottom of the Stock wrist has the mint and correct, circle, script “P” firing proof stamp, just to the rear of a “34” inspection stamp, both of which are just to the rear of the trigger guard plate. The Stock is in beautiful condition with only a few minor dings but no cracks noted. It retains its original oil finish and has never been sanded.

 

The original and correct Type 2 Butt Plate is present and retains generous traces of its blued finish that now exhibits a pewter and plum patina from storage in places with evidence of old corrosion staining. The tang screw is in fine condition and is slightly marred. The lower butt plate screw is also single-slotted and unmarred. The trap door still opens and closes securely and has the assembly numbers stamped on the inside of the door.  Inside the butt compartment is the original 3-piece cleaning rod and oiler.  The cleaning rods exhibit a pewter patina throughout with evidence of old corrosion present on one of the rods.  The nickel-plated brass Oiler is in fine condition and retains the majority of its original nickel finish and the original leather washer is still present.

 

The Handguard is a fine condition Model 1901 Rifle Handguard, Type 5, for use with the Model 1902 Rear Sight. All four recessed rivets are present and retain most of their original finish. The Handguard fits securely to the rifle and there are only very minor dings and scratches but no cracks noted. The Handguard retains its original oil finish and the color perfectly matches that of the Stock.

 

The Upper Band is the correct and mint Model 1898 Upper Band, 4th Type. The Band retains 98% of its original blue finish.  The Stacking Swivel retains traces of its original blue finish and the dome head, single slot stacking swivel screw is slightly marred. The Stacking Swivel moves freely. The Bayonet Lug retains the majority of its original finish. There is moderate wear on the lug. The Upper Band Screw has a dome head and unmarred single slot.  The Band secures firmly to the stock and rifle when installed.  The Lower Band is the fine condition, original and correct Model 1892 Rifle Lower Band and it retains 90% of its original blue finish with wear noted on the forward edges and on the right side from storage wear.  The right side of the Band has the correct serif “U” stamp that is still crisp. The Upper Sling Swivel retains traces of the original blued finish. The Band Screw’s single-slot is unmarred and it retains 100% of its original blue finish. The Lower Band pin, the head of which protrudes from the right side of the stock to help secure the band, is present and remains in the white. The Lower Band seats firmly on the rifle and secures the upper band without any play.

 

The Lower Sling Swivel Assembly, also known as the Butt Swivel Assembly, is the correct milled type. The Swivel Plate retains 90% of its original blue finish with wear and old corrosion staining noted on the boss. Both dome head, single-slot screw are present, unmarred and retain the majority of their original blue finish. The Sling Swivel retains 90% of its original blue finish with wear on the underside and minor freckling on the outer sides. The Swivel moves freely.

 

The Trigger Guard is in fine condition and retains 95% of its original blue finish that is beginning to fade on the outer edge of the bow from storage.  Both dome head, single-slot screws are present and unmarred and both retain the majority of their now faded original blue finish. The original Type 3 Trigger is present and retains the majority of its original oil case-hardened finish. The Trigger/Sear interface remains crisp and trigger release is still sharp.

 

This rifle comes with an original Model 1892 Bayonet and Scabbard.  The Bayonet is the 4th Type with slightly rounded rivets, authorized on November 9, 1899, and it retains both of its original Black Walnut scales in very good plus condition.  The right side of the blade has the crisp serif “US” stamp, and the left side has the date “1900.”  The blade retains its original polished finish that now exhibits a salt and pepper patina.  The release spring is still strong and the bayonet still secures tightly to the rifle.  The pommel has a “283” inventory stamp.  The bayonet comes in its original Model 1892, Type 3 Bayonet Scabbard in very good plus condition.  The metal scabbard retains the majority of its original blued finish with wear scattered throughout.  The original Burnie Wire Keeper is present and still functions perfectly.  The Keeper Assembly has the oscillation limiter, which still works perfectly. 

 

This is a fine condition Springfield Armory Model 1898 Krag Rifle from the last year of Krag production, along with an original Krag Rifle bayonet. This rifle functions perfectly and is in firing condition.