Designed by the Norwegians Ole Herman Johannes Krag and Erik Jørgensen and manufactured by the Springfield Arsenal c.1898-1904 for the US Army - serial number 310635. .30-40 Krag five-round ‘half-capsule’ fixed magazine, bolt action repeater, magazine cut-off, sporterized stock.
open magazine on a Krag rifle
The most distinctive feature of these rifles were their strange box magazine, which allowed to user to basically dump up to five rounds of ammunition in it at any point of time, with the bolt closed and another round chambered if necessary. That feature was called a capsule magazine by its creators, with earlier prototypes having a ten-round capacity and wrapping around the action even more, hence its name.
Designed by the Norwegians Ole Herman Johannes Krag and Erik Jørgensen c.1886 and manufactured by the Springfield Arsenal c.1899-1904 for the US Army - serial number
. .30-40 Krag five-round ‘half-capsule’ fixed magazine, bolt action repeater, magazine cut-off, M1901 rear sights. The Krag rifles and carbines were not only adopted by the United States, but also before that, with some variations, by Norway and Denmark. They are one of the very few foreign designs adopted by the US Army, and was replaced by the Springfield M1903 which, although a Mauser copy, was technically an indigenous design.
It’s totally an American design, what are you talking about.
The 1903 is the first actual American bolt action rifle, semantics about patents aside. It would finally put to bed the old “but whut about soldiers wasting ammo” arguments as much as WWI did and would begin America’s uncomfortable fetish with individual marksmanship which is why these original M1903′s and 1903A1′s have some of the most devout fanbases among Viagra users everywhere.
After the Spanish-American War, American commanders everywhere realized the Krag-Jorgensen wasn’t that good. Sure, it was accurate and the cartridge was nice, but it lacked in two specific departments. 1: The single lug action pretty much limited the 30-40 Krag cartridge to 2,000 fps and thus shorter engagements and 2: The mag was crap. While there would be workarounds on the latter problem, most commanders liked the Mauser that the Spanish were using so much that we just copied the Mauser action and ran with it.
With all of that, you’re getting a pretty solid bolt action for the period it came out of. The sights are nice and easy to read, especially with the M1903A3 and that rear peep it has. The action is smooth and efficient, it can stomach stupid hot ammo so you don’t have to do the semantics like with the M1 of “do i just buy the expensive stuff or get a new gas port”. And they’re not as ludicrously expensive as the M1 Garand or M1 Carbine, expensive sure but still in the range of mortal men.
Portrait of N Company in a slit trench, 10 Nov. 1915. I was surprised to see that they do not have the Lee Enfield. What do you think they are holding? I thought at first it was the Swedish Krag-Jorgensen, but now I think they are holding Martini-Henrys.
Manufactured by the Springfield Armory c.1896~1898 and likely saw service with Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders - serial number 71962.
.30-40 Krag five-round ‘half-capsule’ fixed magazine, bolt action repeater, magazine cut-off, saddle ring, shortened stock. Turns out that the United States has only ever formally declared war five times, the Spanish-American war being the third one.
Designed by Erskine S. Allin c.mid-1865-1873, manufactured at the Springfield arsenal c.1873-86 - serial number 18836. .45-70 Gov single-shot rifle, hinged breechblock ‘trapdoor’ system. The trapdoor action was initially designed by Allin around the same time as the Tabatiere and Snider conversions, but it only saw widespread adoption in its fifth iteration as the M1873 carbines and rifles, which were then built as new weapons rather than conversions. Surprisingly enough the Trapdoor remained as a standard issue rifle as the M1884 up until the adoption of the Krag-Jorgensen in the early 1890′s.
Designed by James Paris Lee, manufactured by Winchester Repeating Firearms Co. c.1895-1902 - serial number 12954. Uses .236/6mm Lee Navy 5-round proprietary clip -loads entirely inside the gun but immediately falls out the bottom- in a fixed box magazine, camming straight-pull bolt action repeating rifle, sporterized stock and sights. A fancied up version of the first small-caliber American service rifle. The Winchester-Lee M1895 was first adopted by the US Navy at the same time American armed forces adopted the Krag-Jorgensen, with the notion that .30-40 Krag lacked the penetration required to take out small torpedo boat. Although this rifle was indeed technically better at doing that, the US Navy eventually chose to standardize on the Krag-Jorgensen for obvious logistical reasons. This particular gun remained unsold and in storage until the 1910′s at which point it was sporterized as part of a special order.