January 14, 2022
By Garry James
Question: I’ve done my best to identify this rifle, but perhaps you can. I bought it in 1965. I assumed it was a Model 1898 .30-40 Krag all these years until I recently checked its serial number. It‘s an 1899 Carbine number! Indeed, it’s stamped Model 1899 on the receiver, and the cartouche on the stock is dated 1901. Could this be one of the 3,000 or so converted for the Philippine Constabulary, which was established in 1901 after the Philippine-American War? It’s in 95 percent condition with a shiny bore, all-original parts and is an excellent shooter. What do I have here? Approximate value?
-J.N. via Email
Answer: I will admit your rifle is something of an anomaly, but from the photos it is definitely of the standard rifle configuration — not the shorter Philippine Constabulary type. The serial number places its date of manufacture at 1900, which coincides with the 1901-date stock inspector’s stamp. The sight is the 1901 pattern, as well. Other than the date — which should be 1898 — it appears to be a straight rifle. It could be a rebuild of some sort, but given the serial number and stock date, that seems rather unlikely. Value’s tough to tell. I’ll go with a standard 1898 price until we find out more. If it’s in 95 percent shape, the value would be $1,000.
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