BAYONET, US, 1898, KRAG-JORGENSEN

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Sep 05,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction

This bayonet is a Krag-Jorgensen knife type Model 1898. **T IS NO SCABBORD WITH IT.** The blade length is 14-5/8" long and overall weight is 14 ounces. It is in very decent shape, and appears to have not ever been sharpened. It was United States issued for The Spanish-American War. Below is some information on the rifle that this bayonet was manufactured for.

The Model 1896 Krag-Jorgensen Rifle was the more advanced of the two main longarms generally available to the American forces. Unfortunately, it was also in shorter supply and was provided to only a few units. Background: The United States government began searching for a magazine longarm for its military forces in 1877. Finally after fifteen years, in 1892, it adopted a bolt-action magazine rifle - the Krag-Jorgensen Model 1892. This weapon was developed by Ole Krag and Erik Jorgensen at the Konigsberg Arms Factory in Norway.

The magazine rifle provided many advantages over the single-shot United States .45-70 "Trapdoor Rifle", such as rapidity of fire, ammunition reserve, ease of loading etc. The Krag-Jorgensen Rifle, later modified with Model 1898 after the War, was eventually replaced by the Model 1903 Magazine Rifle which utilized a Mauser-type action. Apparently the United States Regular Army and New York volunteer units in the Spanish American War were supplied with this weapon.

The "Rough Riders" carried a carbine version of the same gun. Most other units, with the exception of those from Wyoming, were equipped with the older United States .45-70 rifle.

Action: Bolt action Total length: 48 7/8 inches, two bands

Length of barrel: 30 inches

Rifling: 4 grooves, one turn in 10 inches. Stock length: 46.05 inches

Weight: 9 pounds, 5 ounces with bayonet Ammunition: .30-40 flanged cartridge

Magazine capacity: 5 rounds, but also capable of functioning as a single shot weapon.

Charge: 40 grains of smokeless powder

Weight of projectile: 220 grains Muzzle Velocity: 1,968 feet per second

Bayonet: Knife-type, 11-5/8" long, weighing 14 ounces

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