Springfield Model 1899 Cavalry Carbine c. 1901

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Item 795521933
Location Tyrone, GA 30290
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Springfield Model 1899 Cavalry Carbine c. 1901

This is an original Springfield Armory Model 1899 Cavalry Carbine. This particular model was one of the last Model 1899 Krag Carbines manufactured and was the last of the Krag Cavalry Carbine designs. This was also the last cavalry carbine manufactured by the United States Army.

Model 1899 Krag Carbine production began in September 1899, at serial number 226,701. This carbine, serial number 348742, was manufactured in September 1901, the same month that President William McKinley was assassinated and Teddy Roosevelt became president.

The Model 1899 Krag Carbine incorporated several changes from the Model 1898 Carbine. The Model 1899 Carbine Stock is approximately 2” longer than the Model 1898 Carbine Stock. The Model 1899 stock also omitted the swivel bar inletting on the left side. The Model 1899 Handguard was also lengthened, making it roughly the same length as the rifle handguard.

This Carbine has its original Model 1899 Carbine Stock, also known as the Type 4 Model 1899 Carbine Stock, which is in fine antique condition. There were three variations of the Type 4 Carbine Stock and this is the original configuration, Type 4A, version. This stock has the three holes in the butt stock for the cleaning rods. It also has the squared bolt recess inletting. It correctly does not have the swivel plate inletting or the rifle lower band inletting (as done on some Type 4B carbine stocks).

The left side stock flat has the correct, clipped corner, boxed cartouche with script “JSA/1901” stamp, which is the stamp of Springfield Armory subinspector J. S. Adams. The bottom of the stock wrist also has the firing proof stamp of a script “P” inside a circle adjacent to an “8” inspection stamp. There are no other refurbishment or arsenal marks on the stock. The stock has normal dings and scratches and there is a small and very old crack at the rear of the receiver tang but there are no cracks noted. The stock is very solid and is still in solid, fireable condition. The Stock retains its original oil finish.

The original Type 2 Buttplate is present. Both single-slot buttplate screws are present and both slots are unmarred. The buttplate has a largely mottled, patina. The trap door has the correct assembly numbers stamped on the inside. The butt trap compartment has the milled-out section for the oiler.

The Handguard on this carbine is the Model 1899 Carbine, Type 8 Handguard for use of the Model 1901 Rear Sight. It has the sight protective hump at the front. The rivets are slightly recessed. The handguard also has a few dings and scratches but no cracks are noted and it is in fine condition, retaining its original oil finish that matches the stock.

The Band is the correct Carbine Lower Band, Model 1899 Carbine, Type 3, which now exhibits largely a pewter patina. The right side of the band has the correct serif “U” stamp. The barrel band spring is present and retains 60% of its original blued finish.

The Barrel on the rifle is the original 2nd Type Carbine Barrel, which was used from the beginning of Model 1899 Carbine production until production ceased. The barrel is in excellent condition. The barrel retains 95% of the original blued finish with only small areas of mottled plum patina and an area of wear about ½” in diameter on top at the midpoint. The original crown is present with wear on the muzzle. The bore is shiny with strong rifling still present.

The original Krag Front Sight Stud and Front Sight blade are present and retain 95% of the original blued finish. The Blade has the rounded front edge to protect it from snagging on the Cavalry scabbard.

This carbine comes with the scarce and original Model 1901 Carbine Front Sight Cover. The Model 1901 cover was designed by Springfield Armory employee Charles Candrian and patented for carbine use and issue. This cover has the correct small serif “C” stamp on the side for “carbine.” The cover is generally a pewter patina but it fits tightly over the front sight base.

The Receiver retains considerable original oil quenched, case-hardened finish in the protected areas with the balance exhibiting a pewter and plum patina. The interior portions of the receiver also show generous original case-hardened finish. The left side of the receiver has the serif “U.S.” stamp over the 2nd line, which reads, “MODEL 1899. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY. 348744.” The Side Plate exhibits a mottled pewter and plum patina with traces of original blued finish remaining in the protected areas. The Side Plate Screw, which is single-slotted, is only slightly marred.

The original Trigger and Sear still retain the majority of their original oil-quenched finish. The Trigger exhibits wear at the guard hole point and on the sharp edges. The Sear Spring remains in the white.

The Trigger Guard generally exhibits a pewter and plum patina with traces of the original blued finish in the protected areas. Both single-slot Trigger Guard Screws are present and both have only slight marred slots while retaining the majority of their original blued finish.

The Magazine Assembly functions perfectly on this Carbine. The Magazine Gate retains considerable original case-hardened finish on the top, flat portion of the gate. The Carrier retains 98% of the original dark, heat tempered color and the follower remains in the white. The Hinge Bar Head and Pin also retain a mottled pewter patina. There are numerous serif inspection stamps on the front of the receiver and front of the gate.

The Magazine Cutoff is the correct 6th Type with five grooves cut into the end piece. The bottom side of the cutoff is in the white while the top flat exhibits a pewter patina. The Cutoff works correctly and smoothly.

The original Bolt retains the vast majority of its original polished finish with the handle and knob taking on a plum patina in places. The bolt face and body are free of pitting or oxidation. The rear of the bolt handle root has numerous serif letter and numeral inspection stamps including a serif “A” stamp.

The Cocking Piece is the 3rd Type with locking notch on the top and the head has five rows of finely serrated checkering along the circumference. The Cocking Piece retains the majority of its original case-hardened finish. The Bolt Sleeve is the correct 4th Type with two-position detent that retains considerable original finish with the balance turning a pewter patina. The correct Type 4 Extractor exhibits remnants of the original fire blue finish on the top surface that has begun to fade. The correctly unmarked Safety retains traces of the case-hardened finish with the balance turning a pewter patina. The spring remains in the white. The striker retains considerable original blued finish in the interior portion. The entire bolt assembly functions perfectly.

The Rear Sight on this Carbine is the correct Carbine Rear Sight Model 1901 and is in fine condition. The Base is correctly marked with a “C” for carbine on the left side. The sight is graduated to 2300 yards. The Elevation Slide retains the majority of its original blued finish to include the single-slot screw on the left side. The binding knob is the correct knurled type with bi-secting line around the circumference. The Friction Knob still works correctly to bind the sight for windage. As noted by Joe Poyer in his definitive work on U.S. Krag firearms, The American Krag Rifle and Carbine, Ed. By Craig Riesch, North Cape Publ., 2nd Ed., 2007, the Model 1901 Rear Sight was standard on all Krag Carbines after serial number 345,000. The Rear Sight Base exhibits largely a pewter patina on the outer surfaces and retains considerable original blued finish in the protected areas.

This is a scarce firearm as only about 36,051 Model 1899 Cavalry Carbines were manufactured by Springfield Armory and many of these were later modified to accept a knife bayonet and have attached a rifle sling. This Carbine functions perfectly.

This carbine is C&R eligible and will come shipped in a new Plano rifle hard case. The carbine will also come with an historic writeup and a CD containing all of the photos in the listing. I accept Visa and MasterCard and charge NO FEES. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like additional photos posted.

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