I have this 1896 Krag that has a 24" Barrel.Serial # 84845. I guesse it was cut down at some point. It seems it was done long ago and was done to preserve the original look of the rifle. I'm wondering if this maybe was done for DCM or Nra sale. The front sight looks original and is soldered into a flat milled on the barrel. There are no proofs on the stock. I'd like any info on the serial # and any thoughts on the barrel modification. This rifle is in overall good condition with a good bore. It should prove to be a good shooter once I get some ammo together.