New to Krags and need help on identification

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Salt
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New to Krags and need help on identification

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Hello - I recently acquired what appears to be a carbine but cannot seem to find serial numbers like this one for more information. Will someone help ID year and if this is worth keeping in my collection? Serial number 5143.
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Salt
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Re: New to Krags and need help on identification

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Barrel has 1894 stamped on it. Along with US Springfield Armory. Thanks to anyone that helps.

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Re: New to Krags and need help on identification

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Welcome to the forum! The other guys will be along in a bit.

The barrel or the receiver has the number? Bet it is the receiver if also the barrel a picture would be nice. You have a 1896 carbine stock. What does the butt plate look like? The serial number in is in the 1894 rifle range which is congruent with the after market front sight. ...and the rear sight. So it is a cut down rifle in a carbine stock.

Hmmmmm. Flip it on its back and get a pic of its belly. I might be wrong on the stock near the front band.

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Re: New to Krags and need help on identification

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'Salt' - Welcome to the KCA forum.

Your Krag, #5143, was built around August to October, 1894, as a model 1892 rifle.
Springfield Armory did not begin manufacture of the model 1892 rifle, until 1894.
(BTW - Only two prototype carbines were built using the model 1892 action).

Your Krag has an early Krag receiver, a model 1896 or model 1898 bolt, and a late type of carbine stock,
that was developed to update model 1896 carbines into a configuration more like the model 1899 carbine.

Some civilian put your combination of parts together, shortened the barrel and installed commercial sights to make a rifle useful for hunting.

Your photograph is not clear enough to see if the receiver was 'notched' for the bolt 'hold-open pin' that projects from the side of your extractor. As manufactured, the model 1892 action lacked this notch. It was added later to rifles that were updated.
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