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.

Historic Photographs

Magazine Loaded

Magazine Open

Magazine Closed

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.

Origin:                                   Norway
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.