At some point during or after World War II, a Greek arsenal stamped the buttstock and electropencilled the bolt with the last four digits of the serial number.
The rifle retains its original parkerized finish and is still in excellent condition, indicating little use by the Greek military.
Maly when he joined the 1st Illinois Infantry (Company H) on April 26, 1898.
The rifle was last fired in the 1930's by his nephew Frank during a deer hunt.
Found to be too fragile, most Krags were upgraded to the more robust Model 1896 stock.
Another interesting feature of this rifle is the 1st Pattern magazine cutoff, which engages in the opposite direction of later Krag rifles (it is "OFF" when up).
The rifle's one Model 1896 part is its rear sight, which was upgraded to said pattern in June, 1896 to compensate for an ammunition change introduced by the Frankford Arsenal in August 1895.According to Brophy, 24,562 Model 1892 rifles were manufactured.Of these, 18,559 were later converted to the Model 1896 pattern.The original springs have been taken out and set aside so the action can be worked without risking damage to 110 year old spring steel.Since this rifle left Army inventory at the close of the war, it was not converted to the Model 1896 pattern as were most Model 1892s.