How to Disassemble a Krag 30-40 Rifle

Written by gus stephens
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The Krag-Jorgensen is a bolt-action repeater rifle designed in Norway in 1886. It fires .30-40 calibre cartridge fed from a seven-round, internal magazine incorporated into the receiver mechanism. In 1893, the United States Army adopted the Krag as its primary infantry rifle. About 500,000 American Krags were produced over the next decade by the Springfield Armory. The manufactured variants of the Krag ranged from the M1892 to the M1899. The Krag was replaced as the Army's primary rifle in 1903 by the M1903 Springfield.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Flat bladed screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Point the muzzle in a safe direction, pull back the bolt and open the magazine. Visually verify that the weapon is unloaded.

  2. 2

    Lift the extractor and rotate the bolt to the left until the extractor clears the receiver. Pull the bolt back and out of the receiver.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the screw in the forward band that holds the barrel to the stock. Slide the band forward over the end of the barrel. Unscrew the screw in the rear barrel band. Push the securing pin out of the band and slide the band forward over the end of the barrel.

  4. 4

    Remove the forward and rear trigger guard screws and the trigger guard. Separate the stock from the barrel/receiver assembly.

  5. 5

    Unscrew the upper and lower butt plate screws and remove the butt plate. Unscrew the front and rear sight screws and remove the rear sight.

  6. 6

    Slide the hand guard forward off the barrel.

  7. 7

    Close the magazine gate and use a small screwdriver to lift the magazine lug until the magazine is out of its seat. Hold the magazine gate closed while gently tapping the magazine hinge bar out with a hand punch. Separate the magazine gate from the receiver. Remove the spring steel magazine spring.

  8. 8

    Pivot the carrier and follower outward and remove the carrier. Push the pin out of the carrier and separate it from the follower.

  9. 9

    Remove the side plate screw and the side plate. Push the trigger assembly forward, then from side to side until it clears the receiver.

  10. 10

    Remove the cartridge ejector pin. The ejector will fall out of the receiver.

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