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Springfield Model 1898 Krag Rifle c. 1899

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Springfield Model 1898 Krag Rifle, c. 1899

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This is a very good and original condition Springfield Armory Model 1898 Krag Rifle that was manufactured in June 1899. This rifle was manufactured the month before Springfield increased rifle production to 200 per day in response to beginning of the Philippine-American War.

There were two phases to the Philippine-American War. The first phase, from February to November of 1899, began when Philippine nationalists learned that the United States did not intend to leave the Philippines after deposing Spanish rule and nationalist leader Emilio Aguinaldo’s attempted to fight a conventional war against the better-trained and equipped American troops. The second phase was marked by the Filipinos’ shift to guerrilla-style warfare. It began in November of 1899, lasted through the capture of Aguinaldo in 1901 and into the spring of 1902, by which time most organized Filipino resistance had dissipated. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed a general amnesty and declared the conflict over on July 4, 1902, although minor uprisings and insurrections against American rule periodically occurred in the years that followed. This rifle was manufactured during this critical period and, given the priority of support to American forces in the Philippines during this time, it is entirely likely that this rifle was shipped to the islands shortly after its manufacture.

The Receiver on this rifle is the 2nd Type Krag receiver and is in very good condition retaining 95% of the original oil quenched finish. The Magazine well portion of the Receiver shows normal operational wear and retains the 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 normal wear noted. The left side of the Receiver, where the nomenclature, manufacture and serial number stamps are located, retains 95% of the original oil blackened finish. The chamber face of the Receiver retains most of its original dark finish. The Loading Gate lug and pin both retain the majority of their original finish. The Side Plate also retains the majority of the original oil blackened finish that is slightly streaked.

The Loading Gate retains 80% of the original finish with wear noted on the top edge of the gate thumb latch and it now exhibits areas of a pewter patina and very minor pinprick pitting in a few places. The Follower remains correctly in the white and exhibits normal wear. The Carrier retains 90% of its original dark oil finish. The visible portions of the Hinge Bar also exhibit 90% 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. This barrel type, which was used up to serial number 213,000, has a slightly longer chamber than the later Type 3 Barrel. The crown of the barrel is unmarred. The bore of this Rifle has strong rifling with a bright finish with frosting in the grooves. It is still in firing condition. The Barrel retains 80% of its original blued finish on the outer, exposed portion that exhibits a streaky pewter patina in places from cleaning.

The Front Sight Stud is present and is solidly brazed to the barrel. The Stud retains 90% 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 Rifle is equipped with the Model 1902 Adjustable Rear Sight in fine condition. This Rifle was probably originally manufactured with the Model 1896 Rifle Adjustable Rear Sight since the Model 1898 Rear Sights were experiencing production delays. This Model 1902 Rear Sight is the Type 3. It has the swing-up aperture that was designed to aid long-range marksmen and target shooters by providing a finer sight aperture. 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 Windage Screw is the correct type and retains 90% of its original blue finish. The Elevation Leaf face retains considerable original finish and has graduations to 2,000 yards (volley fire). The Rear Sight Base retains 95% of its original blue finish and that is slightly faded. The Rear Sight Assembly works correctly.

The Bolt is a fine condition and correct Type 5 with the extended flat on the bottom of the bolt handle root. The bottom of the bolt handle root has a “6” stamp. The Bolt is correctly polished.

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 90% of the original case-hardened finish. The Lug retains considerable original finish on the left and right sides. The body of the Cocking Piece retains considerable original blue finish interspersed with wear from the spring. The Bolt Sleeve is the correct Type 3 Sleeve. The Bolt Sleeve retains 75% plus of the original oil finish that is faded. 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.

The Extractor is the correct 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 considerable original bright, tempered blue finish.

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 rifle sits in its original and very good 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 the faint outline of the original final inspection cartouche, which is now very hard to read, but which would be the boxed, clipped corner cartouche with the script initials “JSA” over the date “1899.” 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 correct, circle, script “P” firing proof stamp, just to the rear of a “80” inspection stamp, both of which are just to the rear of the trigger guard plate. The Stock is in beautiful condition with minor dings and scratches but no cracks noted.

The original and correct Type 2 Butt Plate is present and it exhibits a plum and pewter patina with generous traces of the original blued finish, particularly on the tang. The tang screw is in fine condition and is unmarred. 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.

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

The Upper Band is the correct Model 1898 Upper Band, 4th Type. The Band retains traces of its original blue finish that is now exhibiting a pewter patina. The Stacking Swivel is slighty bent and retains a pewter patina and the dome head, single slot stacking swivel screw is slightly unmarred and retains traces of its original finish. The Stacking Swivel moves freely. The Bayonet Lug retains the majority of its original finish that is largely a pewter patina on the bottom surface. The Upper Band Screw has a dome head and unmarred single slot and it retains 60% of its original blue finish with wear on the balance of the head. The Band secures firmly to the stock and rifle when installed.

The Lower Band is the original and correct Model 1892 Rifle Lower Band and it retains traces of its original blue finish with wear noted on the forward edges that generally exhibits a mixed plum and pewter patina. The right side of the Band has the correct serif “U” stamp that is still crisp. The Upper Sling Swivel largely exhibits a plum patina. The Band Screw’s single-slot is slightly marred and it retains traces 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 exhibits the majority of its original blue finish. 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 95% of its original blue finish with wear 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 70% 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 good condition and exhibits a largely pewter and plum patina with freckling on the outer surfaces. Wear is noted on the sharp edges of the bow. Both dome head, single-slot screws are present and unmarred and both retain the majority of their 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 is a very good condition Springfield Armory Model 1898 Krag Rifle that was updated with the upgraded rear sight around 1902. This rifle functions perfectly.

This rifle is C&R eligible. This rifle will also come with an historic writeup and a CD containing all of the photos in the listing. I accept Visa and MasterCard and charge NO FEES. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like additional photos posted.

 

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