Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New (to me) gun!

Snapped up another 1898 Krag yesterday, but when I got it home, I realized that it didn't look like my other 1898 Krag--it's short.

I got it cheap because it was missing the front sight base, but I already located a replacement and the CMP custom shop can install it and fix the finish as best as possible.

But as I research Krags I'm kinda puzzled. What is this little guy, exactly? 24" barrel. Serial number dated to 1901. If it was cut down, work looks to be arsenal/factory job, not "bubba's basement". Didn't cost much so it'll likely stick around as a shooter if it's at all accurate. Any thoughts, bright folks?

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  1. Nice. Interesting, though. I do see references to a short barrel Krag but they are referring to 22 inches, not 24.

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  2. This is NOT a carbine model. Springfield Armory never made them with 24" barrels but whoever cut and recrowned it did a fantastic job. This gun was re-worked professionally sometime in it's life. Consensus on a Krag forum I put it on it that it was probably done for a VFW so that it would be the same size as the 1903 rifles that VFW's used for ceremonies. It's definitely a handy size and it balances really nice though. If it shoots well, it's staying.

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  3. Hey Murphy;

    Throwing this out there...Possible "Cadet" model, I remember just before WWI and during, they had a lot of naval auxiliary and cadets up on duty. I wonder if it was used for that. I recall that they had a mishmash of rifles during that time. Just a thought..?

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  4. Krag expert I just talked to thinks it's a "school gun", cut down at the US Benecia Arsenal for use by ROTC units, VFW units, etc., So far it looks like the pics of other school guns on the interweb. Apparently I got a really good deal on it if that's what it is.

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  5. Or.... could be a Bannerman special. I recall seeing some that were cut down in length with a 'sleeved' front sight installed around the barrel.

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    1. Folks I've consulted ruled that one out. This one appears to be legit Benecia Arsenal rework. Pretty happy with it now.

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  6. Back in the 40s my grand dad had an 1898 of which he had shot the barrel out.
    He had a, shorter heavier barrel installed and, according to my dad, it was extremely accurate.
    Marking on yours might give you some clues.

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    1. It has no markings other than the basic "Springfield Armory Model of 1898".

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