US Krag 1898 manual

The Krag-Jorgensen rifle was short-lived in US military service, despite being a major step forward in technology. The M1892 Krag rifle replaced the Trapdoor Springfield, and was the first generally-issued repeating rifle and also the first to use smokeless powder. After some brief use in the Spanish and Phillippine conflicts, it would be replaced by the 1903 Springfield rifle.

Krag cutaway diagram

You can find a 1917 original manual for the 1898 Krag rifle and 1899 Krag carbine in the Original Manuals section of the Vault:

(1917) US Model 1898/1899 Krag Manual (English)


  1. Thank you for what you do and the information that you provide I have a 1896 spoterized 30-40 krag that has been in the family for 50 years.

  2. Thank you for this. I received my sporterized 1898 30 years ago to pay a debt owed me. It was my first centerfire firearm. I still have it and intend to pass it along. I found information on serial numbers–mine appears to have been made in late 1899, if the information is correct–but finding other information about this fine old piece is very difficult. Again, thank you.

  3. Thankyou for this image, I received my 30 40 1898 Kraig Jorgenen from my father a year of so before his death at age 80. I remember this weapon use as a deer rifle since my I was a small boy. I an now 58. This old rifle was found I am told in a beneath a car seat of a car my family once bought years before. She is complete, and pristine condition and has killed many a deer in the last 70 years our family has owned her. When she fires she make the world hit the dirt. Any deer hit with her never jumps but simply lays flat to the ground immediately. My father a Korean War Combat Veteran worked the original bayonet down to a dagger and then disposed of it, saying he did not want to be near it. I have since located a good condition bayonet and scabbard appropriate to the year and model. The leather sling has finally after over 118 years of use become serviceable. It has been been stored with the rifle in a protective bag. I have located a Rock Island Armory reproduction sling fitting the model and year. The rifle has a partial original cleaning road in one section but the other sections are missing. I have been striving to preserve this heirloom weapon, replacing the loose items such as Stock Oiler, canvas cover, ect. Any help will be gladly received. I am also seeking a US Army Manual for this weapon. Send possible leads to

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