Giving civilized with the Krag Jorgensen Rifle (VIDEO)
Although only briefly loved by the U.S. military, the .30-40 Krag was a pretty neat design that is sought after by collectors today.
Replacing the long line of Springfiled trapdoor breechloaders that circulated towards the end of the 19th Century, the weapon was a collaboration between Norwegian firearms designers Ole Herman Johannes Krag and Erik Jørgensen and used a very curious capsule-style magazine. The gun saw combat in U.S. service during the Spanish-American War.
The U.S. variant, produced in variants that ran the gamut from the Model 1892 through Model 1899, saw over 500,000 examples produced by the Army at the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts and, though officially replaced by the Springfield 1903 by the Great War– which in turn was augmented by the M1917 Enfield– still served in limited use in both World Wars.
With both a Model 1898 carbine and rifle on hand, OreGear takes a look at the venerable series in the above spot. Want a deeper dive? As part of C&Rsenal’s WWI Primer series, Othais and Mae go feature-length on the Krag as a whole, below.
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