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Help 1984 Krag
Jan 10th, 2018 at 9:46pm
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I recently inherited a 1984 Krag that is fitted with a 1897 marked carbine stock.  It does not have the C stamped on the rear sight.  I would appreciate any help getting more info on this configuration, and a approximate value if possible. 

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Sean
  
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Re: Help 1984 Krag
Reply #1 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 9:47pm
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Re: Help 1984 Krag
Reply #2 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 1:30am
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'sethsawyer' - Welcome to the KCA Forum. Your Krag is actually a model 1892 rifle receiver. (The barrel appears shortened in your photos). Springfield did not start manufacturing U.S. Model 1892 Krag rifles, until 1894.

Model 1896 carbines were the first adopted U.S. Krag carbine. They were first manufactured and dated in 1895.

It appears someone put your model 1892 barreled-action in a 'cut-down' model 1896 rifle stock (not a carbine stock), hence the '1897 dated cartouche'.

IMHO - Your 'cut-down' Krag is worth around $250 to $300, based on value of parts. It's a fun 'shooter' and useful for hunting.

If your barrel is a full 30 inch length with its original front-sight base, your Krag would be worth more. Your stock looks quite nice and could be restored to full length by splicing on a new forearm, under the rear barrel-band.
  
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Re: Help 1984 Krag
Reply #3 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 4:32pm
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The rotated cartouche stock should somehow be preserved, probably stretched and put onto a collectible arm. Such examples are extremely rare.
  
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Re: Help 1984 Krag
Reply #4 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 6:27pm
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I wish I had the OP's 'cut-down' stock for a restoration. It appears to have a lovely 'tiger stripe'. It is the most valuable component of his 'parts gun'.

(It is likely American black walnut. With the '1897 cartouche', it is probably two years ahead of the Italian walnut contracts).
  
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