Krag Jorgensen Run and Gun (Hardest One Yet)

Alex C.
by Alex C.

The Norwegian Krag Jorgensen rifle was adopted by the United States Army as the Springfiel model 1892 and marked the transition of America’s military into the smokeless powder era. The Krag is strange by today’s standards with a few unique features, but how does it fair on the run and gun course?

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Alex C.
Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.

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  • Tim Kies Tim Kies on Nov 18, 2015

    the old days of the need for a heavy duty, high powered battle rifle for every rifleman are pretty much history, as far as I see it. it just makes more sense to issue the M-4 and allow the operator to carry more ammo. With our air firepower, long drawn out firefights are not what infantry units typically look to become involved in for the most part. They usually will seek out the enemy, and then will call upon air support to take care of the rest. Please note I have said usually and typically, not always.
    As far as the 30-40 round, I am somewhat certain that it was replaced because it was underperforming in actual field conditions. For deer, it is quite adequate.
    As for underperforming, my uncle was a lifer in the army, fought in Korea and Vietnam. Only firefight was in Korea against Chinese. He was a communications guy, so was armed with an M-1 carbine. Shot this Chinese dude at about 100 yards 3 times in the chest, the guy kept on coming. Eventually, the guy fell down, my uncle said he had on a quilted vest like they used to wear and he could even see the dust fly off where he hit him. That was the only time he was ever scared in either place.
    As far as stopping power, a handgun 9mm does not develop enough kinetic energy to be all that efficient. A 30-06 rifle in any kind of bullet, loaded at normal velocities, will create a very large wound channel, provided the hit is somewhat centered in the torso. However, all people are different. A 50 BMG has such a large temporary wound cavity that any hit on the torso will literally create such a large wound channel as to blow the person in 2 pieces.
    Please remember, I am just a guy with a keyboard and an internet connection with an opinion. Nothing I say should be looked upon as gospel. However, I think most of it is correct. I have learned all of this from reading, not doing. Therefore, the information is available for others to look for if they are interested. I was never in the military, I have never shot anyone, hope I never have to, but I respect those of the firearms community who were in the military, and those who post on the net and in books, so people like me can learn, and perhaps engage from time to time.

  • Dave C Dave C on Nov 20, 2015

    Como? No M1893 Mauser 7x57mm v. Krag-Jørgensen .30-40 comparisons like the recent Mauser v. Mosin?

    Both of the rifles, M1892 Krag and M1893 were cock-on-closing propositions, yes?

    Good job storming Sam Hill there! A neat "run n' gun" certainly.

    Next up: M1870 Remington rolling block v. Trapdoor Springfield?!

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