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Making a List of 1898 Krag Carbines
Dec 2nd, 2018 at 3:37pm
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With JDRs great new 1898 Krag carbine video, I have been wondering how many people who visit this forum, frequently or infrequently, have an authentic 1898 Krag carbine.

I'd like to start a topic to have any and all 1898 Krag carbine owners reply and give the serial number of their 1898 carbine(s). I know there are few authentic ones but we do have a bunch of us who have added one (or more) of these to our collections. I have been reading these forum messages for a while and have seen many 1898 carbines written about with good pictures. I think it would be an interesting resource to see how many we have as a collective group.

I have one with serial number 120864 with an 1899 carbine stock and a 1901 carbine rear sight.

So, if you can reply with your serial number and stock and rear sight, lets see how many we can account for in what configuration.

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Re: Making a List of 1898 Krag Carbines
Reply #1 - Dec 3rd, 2018 at 4:20pm
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131024, in original configuration (short stock, 96C sight).
  
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Re: Making a List of 1898 Krag Carbines
Reply #2 - Dec 4th, 2018 at 12:24am
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Dick,

Do you think yours is original or remade to be correct? I have wondered how many original 1898 carbines, unaltered, are actually still out there. I know they can easily be reconfigured to be correct if you can get the 96c sight and correct stock.

I know there are more out there. It'll be nice to see how many we can find amongst ourselves.
  
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Re: Making a List of 1898 Krag Carbines
Reply #3 - Dec 4th, 2018 at 5:34am
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I cannot say, it was acquired that way, back in the 1980s. While the wear, etc. IS generally consistant, the possibility of such a reconfiguration is - as you point out - always present.

That said, given my choice, I'd much rather have one with the short stock - which is, after all, the rare (and fortunately unfakeable) part; otherwise, it's really just another 1899, albeit with one with a bit of a cachet, and the hint of mystery.

Another way of looking at things (even if only stockwise, since there is ALWAYS the number issue) is that a short stock MIGHT be original, whereas with the long stock you KNOW it has been changed (but when, and by whom?)

It's a slippery slope any way you look at it; too bad the number data is so thin. The vast majority seem to be in the 118k and 119k areas. Outliers like mine get a raised eyebrow from the git-go, though there IS a small cluster there.
  
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Re: Making a List of 1898 Krag Carbines
Reply #4 - Dec 4th, 2018 at 9:41am
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Thanks, Dick.

Like almost every other aspect of Krag collecting, this just adds to the mystery!

Makes it all the more exciting.
  
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