Just got my first Krag rifle in a swap. Too bad someone chopped the stock and added a home made butt plate. Bore slugged right at .308 and of coarse, the action is slick. Hope to see how accurate it is this weekend.
I bought this M1898 Krag a couple of years ago. The previous owner had switched out the sights but other than that it was a nice looking rifle in great shape with a shiny bore and crisp rifling. When I found out that restoring the front sight was a little more involved, I put the project on the backburner but resurrected it a couple of months ago. I got some good advice over at KCAF and found a gunsmith to take off the Remington front-ramp that was soldered on and install a Krag sight, though neither of us really knew what he'd find when that sight came off. I tried to find an original Krag front sight without luck, so finally settled for a repro base, blade and pin from S&S which I blued by first oil quenching and then browning solution. I picked it up yesterday and am pretty pleased with the result. The 'smith told me this repro sight was too big for the dovetail so he had to do a little work to fit it. It's not quite an original finish job as you can see, but I feel I know have a representative shooter, which is what I was after in the first place. The 1901 rear sight was the easy part and thankfully the previous owner hadn't bugger up the holes for the rear sight. I hope to take it out to the range tomorrow.
Was this refurbed by the US military ? It looks almost new. I assume Italian Walnut refers to the wood type and not the source of the stock. What is the story on this rifle ? Beautiful rifle in any case.
I found it in a local pawn shop. It came out of a collection that's being liquidated a little at a time. I also posted about it on the KCA (Krag Collector's Association) forums. In around 1898 there was a shortage of American walnut stock blanks, so the government purchased additional walnut wood from Italy. The Italian walnut is lighter in color - yellowish-orange, and often has striping in the wood grain. Some rifles received these stocks when newly built, and will have the Springfield Armory acceptance stamp on the left side of the stock, along with a serif-P firing proof on the wrist, just like any other SA rifle. My rifle lacks the SA acceptance stamp, but instead has a capital letter "C" on the left side and a non-serif P firing proof on the wrist. The consensus is that my rifle received it's stock as a replacement of the original stock during an arsenal refurbishment, possibly around the WWI time frame. Probably at the same time, the rear sight was updated to a model 1901, and it may have been rebarreled as well. It's in incredible condition and shoots great!
Several years ago I purchased a sporterized US 1898 Krag rifle. 22 in. barrel with '03 style front sight and Lyman 48c diopter in rear.
I wanted to give back a military look to this rifle but as I'm in France, it was impossible for me to find an original Krag 30 inches barrel.
So, I decided to make a Philippin Constabulary carbine clone.