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Sale A0921 Lot 1117

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** KONGSBERG VAPENFABRIK, NORWAY


A RARE KONGSBERG VAPENFABRIK 6.5x55MM KRAG 'KRAG JØRGENSEN STOMPERUD' BOLT-MAGAZINE CARBINE, serial no. NC 601,

dated 1944, 24in. nitro reproved (in 2021) barrel with tall block-mounted blade fore-sight, fore-sight protector hood, adjustable tangent sight graduated from 1- 2200, receiver ring marked '1944' and with the Kongsberg arsenal marking and Waffenamt stamp, internal rotary box magazine with downward pivoting loading gate and inspection trap, manual flag safety with thumb cutout marked 'S' and 'AA', manual cocking knob, three-quarter length semi-pistolgrip stock (large repaired crack at hand), the fore-part with aperture for short cleaning rod (missing), two barrel bands, the first band with sling swivel, canvas and leather sling with quick-detachable front-mount, second barrel band with stacking hook, bayonet lug, 14in. pull including steel buttplate with central hinged trap, non matching numbers, weight 9lb. 7oz.

Other Notes: During the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, the German forces demanded that Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk build weapons for the German armed forces. They placed large orders for the Krag–Jørgensen, the Colt M1914 (license-produced Colt M1911), and 40 mm anti-aircraft guns. However, production was kept down by sabotage and slow work by the employees. Out of the total of 13,450 rifles ordered by the Germans, only between 3,350 and 3,800 were actually delivered. Early deliveries were identical to the M1894, but with German proof marks and substandard workmanship compared to the M1894 produced earlier. During the war the model was altered to be externally more like the German Kar98K. This was achieved by shortening the barrel by 15 cm (6 inches) down to 61.3 cm (24 inches) and shortening the stock by 18 cm (7 inches), and adding a front sight hood similar to that of the Kar98K. These shortened Krag–Jørgensen's were known in Norway as the Stomperud-Krag. A number of the Krag–Jørgensens manufactured for the Germans have been described as "bastards", created from mismatched parts left over from previous production.

Stomperud is the name of a popular Norwegian comic character from the era; a well-meaning and naive enlisted soldier.

Serial number NC 601 is the earliest known example of this rifle: https://www.kvf.no/vaapen.php?type=Rifle&weaponid=RIF0265

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Estimate £1,500-2,000

S1 - Sold as a Section 1 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act




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