BAYONET, US, 1898, KRAG-JORGENSEN
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Sold Date: 09/05/2007
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Militaria & Weapons
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 The winning bidder should send payment within a reasonable time frame. The item will be shipped within 48 hours upon receipt of payment and insurance is recommended. We cannot be responsible for items shipped without insurance. Items not paid for within 10 days will be re-listed and negative feedback posted. Please remember that communication is key, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask away! I will respond immediately and honestly. Thank you for looking at this item. Happy bidding and God bless!
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