Civilize ’em with a Krag: A long look at the Springfield .30-40 (VIDEO)

As part of C&Rsenal’s WWI Primer series, Othais and Mae take a look at the Norwegian-designed Springfield Model 1892–99 Krag–Jørgensen rifle.

Othais dives deep (this is a feature-length video) into the contextual history of the collaboration between Norwegian firearms designers Ole Herman Johannes Krag and Erik Jorgensen and the very curious capsule-style magazine that formed the heart of their rifle series.

The U.S. variant, chambered in .30-40 Krag, saw over 500,000 examples produced by the Army at the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts and, though officially replaced by the Springfield 1903 by the Great War– which in turn was augmented by the M1917 Enfield– still served in limited use in both World Wars.