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Old 01-14-2018, 09:18 PM
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Default Krag Value on American Pickers

I just saw the best of American Pickers whose theme is militaria.

One guy inherited from his dad a Krag carbine sn 13 or 15XXX which puts it at the time period of the Rough Riders or close to it.

The stock was reworked a little for hunting purposes.

Mike Wolfe sent photos to his military expert for an appraisal.

I estimated the value to be $1200 tops with an unaltered stock. His expert says the rifle in its altered state would bring $2K.

Mike bought the rifle for $1200 and is asking $2000 for it.

Without pics to see the rifle, as I described it, is $2K about market price for a Krag carbine?
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:38 PM
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I saw the same episode, M1896 carbines might bring that much in good condition but the one on the show had been modified. Stock embellished and the sling ring chopped off. I am NOT an expert on Krags but I would not give $2000 for that one. I have a 1896 carbine with a 1895 marked receiver which are more rare. Mine doesn't have the percent of finish remaining that the one on the show has but it might be worth somewhere in the $2K neighborhood. We don't know barrel condition on the one in question either. Everything on the pickers seem very high dollar.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:24 AM
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I would think that being featured on a popular show might help the value somewhat. I bet he gets $2k for it for that reason, even if you or I would be reposting the "for sale" ad for quite some time.
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Old 01-15-2018, 06:07 AM
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Serial number 13? Seems incredibly low? Would that add any value?
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:08 AM
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I suspect he means 13K or 15K (from the 15xxx).
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:27 AM
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I suspect he means 13K or 15K (from the 15xxx).
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Old 01-15-2018, 01:07 PM
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I call it the Barrett Jackson effect. Now that it's been valued high on TV, every Krag just jumped $200 in price.

Try buying a 72 plain Jane Chevelle for under 10 grand that isn't rusted out.
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:31 PM
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Serial number 13? Seems incredibly low? Would that add any value?
I meant 13 K. Don't listen to what I say; listen to what I mean!!!!
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:54 AM
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I find the show entertaining but marvel at what they value some picks at..I guess that, as always stated here, anything is worth what someone will pay for it
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Old 01-16-2018, 11:15 PM
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I watched that show and notice that the rear sight had been changed from a military sight to a commercial sight. If he thinks that carbine was worth $2000, then I should get $2500 for my all correct Model 1899 Krag Carbine. Sometimes I think them boys getting a little overboard on their values!!!Just like Revhendo said Barrett Jackson has really inflated the Muscle car prices. Everyone that has a three hundred dollar clunker in their back yard now thinks their worth $20,000.All these car shows on Television really has inflated the prices of stuff. I remember back in the 80's you could buy a clunker for $200 and run the crap out of it and sell it for $200 the following year. Boy those days are gone. Guns are the same way. Used to be able to buy an old 98 Mauser at the local gun shop out of the pickle barrel for $15 or $20 Now you're looking at $500 and up !!!!
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