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Re: Serial number question, Krag carbine

Posted by John on Saturday, 4 August 2018, at 6:48 p.m., in response to Serial number question, Krag carbine, posted by "Ab" Abercrombie on Saturday, 4 August 2018, at 2:56 p.m.

Ab- I did not do an analysis on the Rough Riders (1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry) numbers, but here is quick sample from the SRS database for Krags with information plus or minus 200 numbers from your friend's gun 30967.

Records were found for 46 guns, all carbines except 31894 which was a 1896 rifle with the 3rd Kentucky Volunteer Infantry.

For the 45 carbines, the 6th Cavalry had 16 of them. Raritan Arsenal sold off 14 of them. The 1st U.S. Cavalry (Regulars, not Volunteers) used 8 of them. The 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 1th U.S. Cavalry each had one. Three others had oddball associations (one in RIA museum, one manufacturing note at Springfield, one returned from a foreign exposition).

There is absolutely no consistent usage pattern for Springfield Armory arms, although there are sometimes clusters of nearby numbers, but with enough outliers to make any attribution based on nearby numbers nothing more than speculation.


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