“Civilize them with a Krag”: new on AllOutdoor

Can 120 year old designs suffice for modern riot control?

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11 Responses to “Civilize them with a Krag”: new on AllOutdoor

  1. Gregory Peter DuPont says:

    Are there better tools?Yes. Will the Krag do for them?It has and still can.I prefer SLIGHTLY more modern arms(AK’s ,SKS’s etc) but if all I had time to lay hands on was one of my Mosin Nagants (no Krags in the house) and a bandolier of stripper clips, I wouldn’t feel unarmed.

  2. Merle says:

    Like Gregory said – if it worked before it can still do the job!


  3. Technomad says:

    I love my Krag.

  4. HSR47 says:

    I don’t have a Krag, but what I do have are some M1 rifles, and slews of clipped ammo in bandoleers.

  5. retiQlum says:

    Considering I hunt deer with a Model 94 Winchester and small game with my Model 97 Winchester, I can say that older firearms can still perform the job they were designed to do. Granted, my hunting gear was designed by the patron saint of shooters (JMB) so it has a bit of a leg up there.

  6. LarryArnold says:

    I believe the Krag was designed in 1886. By my count that’s 130 years.
    And it’s a year after the first production semiauto, the Mannlicher Model of 1885.

    Personally, I’ll stick with an ’03. I like the 30.06 cartridge better.

    • Fred says:

      .30-06 readily available anywhere. Readily recognized by most people as a “oh shit, that’s gonna put a big ass hole in my armor” kind of round.
      Ain’t many problems a man can’t fix
      with a few thousand dollars and a .30-06.

  7. anonymous says:

    And a scout to boot – neato !

  8. MajMike says:

    I’ll take my Springfield 1903A3 or my Mauser Kar98, as necessary backups for the HK91 and AR15. The only down side is a further proliferation of ammunition calibers in the weapons’ closet.

  9. Leroy Jenkins says:

    I have a Krag. It’s an 1898 model, manufactured in August of that year according to SN. Sometime in the 1920’s-30’s a previous owner shortened the barrel, replaced the front sight with one from a 1903 Springfield and sporterized the stock. It’s been well used, but taken care of.

    I suspect that it put quite a bit of venison on the table for someone 80 years ago.

    Considering that the US government was selling them surplus for just a few dollars at the time, I don’t even hold it against the prior owner for modifying it.

    The action is butter smooth and, in my opinion, much slicker than the Mauser and its derivatives. With a hand loaded 220 grain RN bullet over an appropriate amount of H4350 powder, it’s also surprisingly accurate. It’s still perfectly capable of taking deer or other larger game.

    Not bad for a 120 year old rifle.

  10. My first rifle was a Krag. Took both elk and deer with it. Gave it to a cousin who is still putting meat on the table with it.

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