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Item #25516

Antique Springfield Rifle 1892 Krag 2 digit Serial Number

  • Maker: Spfld
  • Model: Krag
  • Caliber: .30-40 Krag

  • Description: Serial #45, .30-40 Krag, 29” barrel with a fine, bright bore that has a few very minor specks of freckling within the grooves. This is an 1896 spec. converted rifle that has an 1894 dated receiver with the later third type crowned barrel retaining 75-80% of the original blue and the balance turned to a mellow plum-brown patina with some mild silvering along the exposed edges and projections. The receiver has about 50% of the original finish remaining with the balance faded to a mottled gray-brown with scattered specks of mild freckling along the exposed edges and surfaces as well as some pinprick pitting on the receiver ring. The bolt retains some of the original armory bright polish along the body with mild freckling that gets darker along the handle, and the extractor has turned to a dark blue-gray patina with some hints of the original bright fire blue still visible. The nosecap, bands, trigger guard, and buttplate have a mixture of plum-brown and speckled gray, and the original Model 1892 rear sight is still installed on the barrel. The walnut stock and handguard are in very good condition with light handling marks and surface bruises scattered about the armory applied military oil finish. There is no evidence of an inspector cartouche having been applied to the left side of the wrist and the ramrod channel was filled during the conversion. The stock compartment contains both a segmented cleaning rod and metal oiler while a brass muzzle cover is also included with the rifle. It is interesting to note that the first 60 or so Model 1892 Krags were not, in fact, assigned nor issued to troops. Rather, they were either purchased by ammunition companies for cartridge testing purposes, or they were presented to the state and territorial governors then in office (47 in all). Unfortunately, no records exist on this serial number, but the lack of an inspector marking belies its early, non-military use which we suspect was as a cartridge test rifle due to its later conversion to the '96 specs. This is a truly remarkable Krag, in very good plus-near fine condition, that has the lowest serial number we have ever seen, and would make a truly historic addition to any collection of U.S. service rifles. {Ref. “The Krag Rifle Story” (2nd edition) by Mallory and Olson; 2001} Antique