The Danish M/89 Krag-Jørgensen

I have been meaning to write a few articles on the rifles I like, and preferably own, this one nearly ticks the boxes as it belongs to my wife however as the old saying goes: “What’s yours is mine, and what’s mine is my own“…

So here it is the dear old Krag-Jørgensen (pronounced  like you would cow but with a ‘r’ in it and Yorgensen) Wiki tells us: Rifle M/89 (Gevær M/89), stocked almost to the muzzle, no hand guard, straight bolt handle and an outer steel liner for the barrel. This weapon is typical of the period in having a long barrel and stock without pistol grip. Was originally issued without a safety catch; instead, a half-cock notch on the cocking piece/firing pin assembly served this purpose. In 1910, this weapon was modified by the addition of a manual safety, which was placed on the left side of the receiver just behind the closed bolt handle.

‘Our Krag is from 1892 and is chambered in 8x58RD (Rimmed Danish to us)

The story behing ours goes something like this:

We were in Denmark start of September 2011 for a shooting holiday and heading up to the range on the first day we called into a gun shop called Korsholm, by UK standards this place is like a super market, a rather exclusively stocked super market at that. The good news is they sometimes sell 7,62×51 Milsurp at very good prices and anyway it is marked on the GPS…

Back to Korsholm. I was quite taken by a JagFeltSkydning Mauser chambered in 6,5Swede last time we called in so we popped back in to see if was still on the shelf, it was and it probably still is right now. I suddenly spotted an unusual looking rifle right in the corner of the rack and asked the sales person what it was and could I have a closer look. He obligingly removed it from the rack and handing it to me advised me it was something ‘old and Danish’ and maybe 8mm but he knew nothing else. Now we liked it, in fact we both liked it a lot and the price was keen as well, so Christel took some pictures and we left to research this ‘old Danish 8mm something’ rifle.

It turned out to be an M/89 Krag-Jørgensen and being Danish, unusual and a shite old military rifle it ticked all the boxes so we went back the next day and the salesman promptly dropped 25% off the already rather keen price. SOLD! So that was it, we had ourselves another rifle. Of course being in DK it involves some local paperwork and a variation added for the rifle on Christels Firearms Certificate but no matter it is paid for and we will call back and collect it at some point. Personally I am rather excited at having another Dane in the house, having a Danish wife, a dog from DK, a Schultz & Larsen and now the Krag.

Until it comes home some rather poor images will have to suffice.

Interesting features include the side entry hinged magazine cover, load 5 rounds into the right, close the cover and the rounds are routed under the received and into the left hand side of the action which has a magazine cut off fitted. This M/98 also has the later 1910 fitted safety catch. The process of removing the bolt is unusual and the barrel itself is fitted with a tube sleeve as the earlier Mauser was. I wonder where that idea came from?

Approximately 60,000 M/98’s were built in Copenhagen and this one is marked Kobenhagen Gavaerfabriken. The kind hearted Germans liberated Denmark to save them from us Brits 9th April 1940 and even more kindly took over half the M/98’s for ‘safe keeping’ Now when you consider the humble SMLE was churned out to the tune of 17 million plus, the Danish Krag is quite unusual even in Denmark.

The original Krag-Jørgensen is Norwegian and the Danish M/98 is based on the original design but with some changes made. I will post more on the history of the rifle at a later date.

…and when it comes home, well I just hope it fits in the cabinet!

The Bayonet M/1889

The Danish Krag-Jørgensen Gevær M/89 bayonets. This post will be a place holder for the range of bayonets used with the M/89 Krag-Jørgensen and here are two examples.

Firstly an example of the earlier German built Bayonet M/1889. This one is marked 91 for 1891 and was built by Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co, Solingen. This design of bayonet was approved 7th October 1892 and manufactured with the leather grips until around 1892/93, after this time the bayonet was manufactured with wooden grips

I have a feeling the scabbard with this bayonet is for the later wooden gripped versions and is probably a Danish manufactured version, the scabbard is not numbered to particular bayonet so hard to be sure.


This is the later pattern Bayonet M/1889 Danish (Copenhagen) built version, this one was manufactured by HVV and is marked 07 for 1907


Overall length 350,0mm

Blade length 230,0mm

Please note the correct designation for Danish Krag-Jørgensen Gevær M/89 bayonets is always Bayonet M/1889 regardless of grip material.


Schultz & Larsen M97-DL Sporter

S&L based in Rask Mølle manufacture a range of rifles and this is one of the more obscure, the M97-DL Sporter. This one is chambered in 6,5-284 and is fitted with a 650,0mm switch barrel designed to be swapped out in a couple of minutes with the use of a couple of Hex keys.Plus Apel rings and a Kahles K312 ‘scope. The ‘scope sits quite high in the rings and could do with being dropped down a few millimetres however the position is quite comfortable with the adjustable cheek piece.

It comes with a 5 shot single stack magazine and a massive and very slick three lug bolt that in some respects reminds me of a Barnard.These rifles are factory bedded however the bedding areas is quite sparse and it would benefit from cutting the existing bedding out, fitting new and then re-bedding with Devcon or similar.

This one belongs to Christel although I use it more often than she does, it is shot with N560 and 139 Scenar’s and kept to a fairly steady MV as it is intended to be shot three position. Accuracy wise it has been used in F Open competitions under the banner of ‘S Class’ and I have finished with an F Class V Bull at 1200 yards on a few occasions. Downside is the barrel will warm up fairly quickly however once allowances are made for this and shooting technique suitable modified it is an excellent shooter on the range.