springfield 1893

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by chunkylover54, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. chunkylover54

    chunkylover54 New Member

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    Sep 22, 2010
    i need some help identifying this gun i inherited it says Springfield 1893. countless Google searches have yielded nothing like it doesnt even exist.
    im wondering what its worth, what kind of rounds it uses, and if i should go shooting with it. thanks in advance for the help

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    Last edited: Sep 22, 2010
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    There ain't no pix, which makes it kinda hard, but taking a SWAG, you got an 1892 Krag rifle in 30 US, also known as 30 Government and 30 Army, but mostly called 30/40 Krag.
     

  3. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    Kentucky
  4. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    It says 1898, not 1893. Serial number says made in 1901, which agrees with the cartouche in the stock
     
  5. chunkylover54

    chunkylover54 New Member

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    Sep 22, 2010
    thanks guys, my bad i guess its an 1898, do you think its worth much. do you know what the initials read on the cartouche
     
  6. chunkylover54

    chunkylover54 New Member

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    Sep 22, 2010
    does it look shortend to any of you. im wonderng if its all original
     
  7. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    Kentucky
    its all original

    worth about 600
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2010
  8. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Yes, it is a Model 1898. In that condition, around here, I think that rifle would run at least $800, maybe more, retail. The stock looks nice, and the cartouche is very good and clear. (The letters are "J S A" for J. Sumnar Adams, the master armorer at Springfield Armory at the time.) The Model 1898 was the last Krag, and they were made into 1903, when Springfield shifted production over to the Model 1903.

    One sidelight: a number of years ago, a gunzine writer "revealed" that the U.S. had issued Model 1898 Mausers, secretly smuggled from Germany, to American troops. He had heard or read about the U.S. Model 1898 (Krag), and jumped to an absurd conclusion.

    Jim
     
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