Posted 11 months ago
WWII, NC 639 Stomperud Krag 1944 ?
I have a shortened Krag that has an overall length of 44 inches with the barrel length of 24 inches and chambered for the 6.5 x55 cartridge.
The receiver is marked on the top & left side, with a crown over R (same as on my Norwegian Krag, Model 1912), a bear facing left (that I believe is a German Federal Republic Proof Mark Berlin), 1944, NC 639. The right side, I believe is marked with the Nazi Waffenamt Mark. The stock butt plate is marked 118389.
From what I have been able to find out so far, during the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany from April 1940 to May 1945, the German forces demanded that Kongsberg Vapenfabrikk build weapons for the German armed forces. The Germans ordered Model 1894 Krag-Jorgensen’s with German proof-marks and had them shortened. The barrel to 24 inches with an overall length of stock & barrel to 44 inches. These were noted as the “stomperud Krag”. It’s been noted they were numbered NC60 to NC1200, although the lowest serial number noted is NC673 and the highest is NC1095 (this is the information on the numbering system I received in 2011) and all were built in 1944.
Also after the war, between 1946 – 1951 there were 1,572 M-1894 Krags modified to the short Krag with some of these with the original 1944 NC serial numbers.
With mine being NC 639, 34 numbers below the lowest serial number of NC 673, I am still searching to find out if mine was in fact in the original 1944 production or if it was in the production after the war. Either way, it is an interesting piece of history.
Thanks for looking,