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Krag Story For A Slow Sunday Afternoon

Posted by Rick HILL on Sunday, 5 August 2018, at 4:20 p.m.

About seven years ago, I purchased a well above average Model 1892 Krag rifle, serial #4809, that had been armory converted to the 1896 configuration. The fellow that I bought it from had a tag on it that said "8th Infantry". When I got it home I checked my references and found the serial number referencing it to "8th Infantry". So started snooping around on Google and looked up "8th Infantry Division", turns out this division had been instituted as an motorized unit during WWI. I couldn't find anything else on the "8th Infantry" so abandoned the search and frankly forgot the whole think for quite some time, until I had another rifle to look up and on a whim I Googled "8th Infantry REGIMENT" for #4809 where I found out that the REGIMENT was involved in the Philippine Resurrection in 1899 along with the Moro Rebellion a few years later! The moral of the story is, I guess, NEVER GIVE UP!!!


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