This is a fine condition, original and correct Springfield Armory Model 1899 Cavalry Carbine. This particular model was the last of the Krag Cavalry Carbine designs.
Model 1899 Krag Carbine production began in 1899, at serial number 226,701. This carbine, serial number 351800 and was manufactured in October 1901.
The Model 1899 Krag Carbine incorporated several changes from the Model 1898 Carbine. The Model 1899 Carbine Stock is approximately 2” longer than the Model 1898 Carbine Stock. The Model 1899 stock also omitted the swivel bar inletting on the left side. The Model 1899 Handguard was also lengthened, making it roughly the same length as the rifle handguard.
This Carbine has its original Model 1899 Carbine Stock, also known as the Type 4 Model 1899 Carbine Stock, which is in fine condition and has the long nose. There were three variations of the Type 4 Carbine Stock and this is the original configuration, Type 4A, version. This stock has the three holes in the butt stock for the cleaning rods. It also has the squared bolt recess inletting. It correctly does not have the swivel plate inletting or the rifle lower band inletting (as done on some Type 4B carbine stocks).
The left side stock flat has the correct, clipped corner, boxed cartouche with script “JSA/1901” stamp, which is the stamp of Springfield Armory subinspector J. S. Adams. The cartouche is still very crisp.
The bottom of the stock wrist also has the firing proof stamp of a script “P” inside a circle to the rear of a serif “N” stock inspection stamp. There are no other refurbishment or arsenal marks on the stock. The stock has normal dings and scratches but no cracks are noted. The stock remains beautiful and it also remains structurally solid. The stock retains its original oil finish.
The original Type 2 Buttplate is present. Both single-slot buttplate screws are present and both retain the majority of their original blued finish. The buttplate tang retains the majority of its original blued finish that has started to fade. The back side retains considerable original blue finish that is turning plum in most places. The trap door retains the majority of its original blued finish has the correct assembly numbers stamped on the inside. Inside the butt trap compartment are the original three cleaning rod holes and the milled out section for the oiler.
The Handguard on this carbine is in fine condition and is the Model 1902 Carbine, Type 8 Handguard for use of the Model 1901 Rear Sight, Type 2. It has the sight protective hump at the front to protect the sight when inserted into the carbine scabbard. The rivets are slightly recessed. The handguard also has a few minor dings and scratches but no cracks are noted. The original oil finish is present on the handguard and the finish perfectly matches the finish on the stock.
The Band is fine condition and correct Carbine Lower Band, Model 1899 Carbine, Type 3, which retains most of the original blued finish that now exhibits largely a plum patina. The right side of the band has the correct serif “U” stamp. The barrel band spring is present and retains 95% of its original blued finish.
The Barrel on the rifle is the original 2nd Type Carbine Barrel, which was used from the beginning of Model 1899 Carbine production until production ceased. The barrel is in very fine condition. The rear of the barrel, visible through the receiver, shows the correct slightly rounded profile. The barrel exterior retains 95% plus of the original blue finish. The original crown is present and remains correctly polished to the white. The bore has a mirror finish with strong rifling still present. The original Krag Front Sight Stud and Front Sight blade are present and retain considerable original blued finish. The front sight blade has the correct “C” for carbine stamp on the right side.
The Receiver is in fine condition and retains the vast majority of its original dark oil finish as does the side plate that is beginning to fade. The interior portions of the receiver retain traces of the original case-hardened finish. The left side of the receiver has the serif “U.S.” stamp over the 2nd line, which reads, “MODEL 1899. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY. 351800.”
The Trigger Guard is in fine condition and retains 95% of its original blue finish that now exhibits a plum patina. Both single-slot Trigger Guard Screws are present and both are unmarred and retain virtually all of the original blued finish. The Trigger retains the vast majority of its original oil finish.
The Magazine Assembly functions perfectly on this Carbine. The Magazine Gate retains 90% plus of the original dark oil finish with wear on the edges. The Carrier retains 98% of the original dark, heat tempered color and the follower remains in the white. The Hinge Bar Head and Pin also retain the majority of the original dark oil finish.
The Magazine Cutoff is the correct 6th Type with five grooves cut into the end piece. The bottom side of the cutoff retains remnants of the original straw finish with the majority now exhibiting in the white. The top flat retains the majority of the original blue finish.
The original Bolt retains the vast majority of its original polished finish with the handle and knob taking on a light plum patina in places. The rear of the bolt handle root has a serif heat lot “S1” stamp over a “6” assembly stamp. The bolt face and body are free of pitting or oxidation.
The Cocking Piece is the correct 3rd Type that was reintroduced on Model 1899 Carbine production around serial number 285,001, when it replaced the 4th Type “Headless” cocking piece, which was introduced on the Model 1899 Carbine at serial number 202,000. The Cocking Piece retains the majority of its original dark oil quenched finish with wear on the barrel from the spring. The Bolt Sleeve is the correct 4th Type with two-position detent that retains considerable original finish. The correct Type 4 Extractor is in very fine condition and retains traces of the original bright heat tempered blue finish throughout. The correctly unmarked Safety retains generous portions of the case-hardened finish with the balance turning a plum patina. The original spring remains in the white. The original Striker retains the majority of the original blue finish on the interior portions. The entire bolt assembly functions perfectly.
The Rear Sight on this Carbine is the fine condition and scarce Carbine Rear Sight Model 1901, Type 2 that is 100% correct. The Slide is marked with a small “C” for carbine on the front, left part. The Base is also marked with a “C” for carbine on the left side. The sight is graduated to 2300 yards and both the elevation slide binding knob and Windage knob function perfectly. The top, left side of the leaf also has a “C” for carbine. Model 1901 Carbine Rear Sights are often seen with mixed rifle sight parts so this is scarce to find it with all of the original “C” carbine marked components. The sight still retains the vast majority of the original case-hardened finish and it functions perfectly. The windage binding knob works perfectly and it, the base, the elevation leaf slide and elevation binding knob all retain virtually all of the original blued finish. The elevation ladder remains correctly in the white.
Only about 36,051 Model 1899 Cavalry Carbines were manufactured by Springfield Armory and many of these were later modified to accept a knife bayonet and have attached a rifle sling. This Carbine functions perfectly.
This Carbine quite possibly served
duty in the Philippines where these carbines were used heavily fighting
Philippine rebels and the Moros in the southern islands.