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Strong trapdoor preference to Krag

Posted by Cary on Wednesday, 16 March 2011, at 6:28 a.m.

I finally picked-up my 1898 Krag and am pleased with its condition, with the exception of a stuck magazine cutoff. However, for whatever reason, I have a much stronger preference to the trapdoor, overall. It seems to me the trapdoor was the "last" American rifle until the Garand manufactured at the SA. The Krag design is foreign and the 1903s are Mausers with a few minor variances. I am waiting for parts from Ed to complete my 3rd trapdoor, another 1884. I have already completely disassembled the Krag for a thorough cleaning at which time I will fix the mag cutoff issue. I did pickup a cleaning rod and oiler and like the detail in how they fit in the stock compartment. It also seems like the components of the Krag are not marked/stamped like a trapdoor or 1903. With the exception of the receiver markings, the components have an occasional inspector mark. Just not as interesting as researching the trapdoors. I am still a student in this and this completes my collection of American military longarms to the present day (no select fire though). I now have to figure out how to display them. Not a bad problem to have!


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