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Old 01-14-2022, 07:08 PM
dt1950 dt1950 is offline
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Default WTS – M1896 30-40 Krag Rifle, NRA Antique Excellent (Mostly)

Time to move my 1897 manufactured Krag on to another custodian of this piece of history. As this rifle is classified as an antique it can be shipped directly to your door.
The bore is bright and shiny with no pitting in the 30” barrel. It has the proper M1896 rear sight (Krags are infamous for having later sights installed). Parts are blued and receiver case-hardened in oil. Some parts such as the trigger guard were niter blued and that finish does not hold up well. I would place the amount of finish remaining at about 90% +/-
The butt plate is the only part that has lost all its finish. The upper band (the part the bayonet attaches to) is the only part not M1896. It is an M1898 as indicated by the split in the bottom that allows the band to tighten more. Perhaps it was installed as an upgrade during the clean and repair work. No oiler or cleaning rods in the butt trap.
Now for the reality check. There is every indication that this rifle served in the tropics, e.g. Cuba, the Philippines etc. and just didn’t stand in some arms room. The soldier that used this rifle took good care of it externally and the bore - almost in immaculate condition; then you look under the wood.
As you will see in the photos, both the receiver and the barrel sustained rust and pitting, under the wood where it is not seen. I theorize that the rifle went through the ordnance department clean and repair shops. The new finish in the pitted areas is consistent with the rest of the rifle. The handsome stock has been scrapped to the point that only a shadow of the JLA/1897 cartouche is present. I know that many (perhaps most) collectors never disassemble their collectibles but it is important to me that prospective buyers have a full picture of the rifle.
The actual war with Spain was fought with the M1892 and M1896 Krags. The M1898’s came afterwards. 62,587 M1896’s were manufactured. Springfield Research Service did not list this serial number but stated it was in the range with the 1st United States Volunteer Engineers.
See the photos - https://photos.app.goo.gl/HNrtLhhvE9RoSwVq5 (if this doesn’t open when you click on it, copy and paste the address to your browser)
Want to visit? When I’m spending this much money I sure would. I can be reached at 713.702.7522 or at my email: HTRea@aol.com
$2000 plus actual shipping. Postal money order preferred. H.T. Rea, Katy, Texas

P.S. Have a feral hog that needs dispatching with a bayonet after you have put a 30-40 through them? I have one to match the rifle. Actually, it is in better condition than the rifle with no pitting at all (most unusual for a Krag bayonet). It is dated 1898. $350 shipped with the rifle.
Photos here - https://photos.app.goo.gl/Nsusbq3M2X8brFZh6 (if this doesn’t open when you click on it, copy and paste the address to your browser)
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Old 01-21-2022, 07:56 PM
dt1950 dt1950 is offline
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BTT. And for those of you that actually shoot old rifles. I have included a photo of the muzzle gauge in the photos. It gauges right at 2. I'll give it another week here and then off to gun broker!
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