Krag Jorgensens in action during the Philipine-American War.
Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders at the top of San Juan Hill. Note the Krag Carbine to the right of Colonel Roosevelt.
The Krag-Jorgensen was adopted by the United States military in 1892. Its distinctive feature was a magazine integral to the receiver that featured an opening on the right-hand side with a hinged cover. Single cartridges could be inserted through the side opening allowing the rifle to be loaded while the bolt was in a closed position.
Although innovative, this design proved inferior to the more robust Mauser action. The United States replaced the Krag in the early 1900s with the Springfield M1903.
Military Service: 1892 - 1903
Wars: Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War
Cartridge: .30-40 Krag
Action: Bolt Action
Magazine: 5 Round Internal
Significance: The rifle's unique magazine allowed it to be loaded without opening the bolt. Used by Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War.