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KRAG-JORGENSEN —Please give a description of the Krag rifle, especially the bolt; does it resemble the New Springfield or the Lee Straight-Pull?

The Krag-Jorgensen rifle, commonly known as the Krag, is a bolt action repeater with the “up-turn and pull-back” type of bolt, locking by means of lugs which turn into slightly slanting beds in the receiver. The firing pin or hammer (all combined) is crammed back by turning the bolt handle up to un lock and finishes cocking by the closing movement of the bolt. It also has a cocking piece on the rear end and may be cocked or un- cocked by hand. It has a five-shot magazine located under the bolt in the receiver and loads from the right hand side. A hinged loading gate swings open and the cartridges are dropped into the magazine and the gate closed. The cartridges lie in a curved, single column and the magazine spring pushes them to the left and upward. A safety catch on the rear of the bolt locks the firing pin when it is not to be fired, and will also lock the action against opening. The entire bolt may be removed from the rifle in a second or two without the use of any tools and you can see directly through the barrel and clean it from the breech. The stock and fore end are in one piece and the magazine is entirely inside of the receiver and there are no protruding bumps. You will see by this that the action is altogether different from that of the Lee Straight-Pull, and far superior to it, though not quite as good as that of the New Springfield. With the cartridge to which it is adapted, the .30 Army, it is as durable and as reliable as the latter, however. The barrel is round, thirty inches long and is fitted with open military sights. The fore end extends to the muzzle and there is a wood cover over a part of the barrel, but the stock, sights, etc., can easily be remodeled to sporting style. The carbine has a twenty- two inch barrel; weight of rifle 8 1/2 pounds; carbine, 8 pounds and 2 ounces.

Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.

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