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
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
Antique gun - No
FFL or C&R required.