M1896 Krag Carbine

(Probably cut down rifle)

in .30-40

Made in 1897


This is a very nice Springfield Krag made in 1897. The overall condition is very good to excellent. The only problem is that it appears to be made from a cut down rifle. The front and rear sights are rifle style, there is a discolorization in front of the rear sight that may be due to the longer rifle hand guard. The stock is a correct 1896 carbine style and does not appear to be cut down and there is no swivel cutout on the bottom. It is in excellent condition except for a small scratch on the right side. (See pictures) The stock doesn't appear to have been sanded or refinished but I could not find a visible inspector's cartouche. The butt trap has an original three piece cleaning rod and oiler. The 22" barrel has about 90% of the blue remaining on the bottom with the top turning brown which indicates that it had a longer stock on it at one time which protected the bottom bluing. The action is turning to a grey patina. The bore is good with some pitting. The barrel crown does not appear to be arsenal cut, not enough radius and not polished. There are some marks at the rear of the barrel probably from a vise to remove the barrel. There are also two dovetails cut into the bottom of the barrel that look to be original as the bluing in the cuts matches the barrel. Bore might clean up better and should shoot fine. I ran a brush through it a few times and a lot of loose crud came out.

I took a lot of pictures so judge for yourself.

Antique gun - No FFL or C&R required.



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