Krag carbine purchase
I recently acquired an 1896 Krag Carbine. The gun is in about 70% condition with a decent bore. It looks to be correct except for the front sight (the rear sight is absolutely correct) , which is filed down. Also, the cartouche(s) are gone from the left wrist although there is a trace of one (circle P?) aft of the trigger guard. The serial number is................. 74387. Might there be any unit provenance on this gun? I mostly collect European firearms so I'm not too familiar with Krags.
Harper's Ferry, WV. Site of the armory. Having walked a large number of census returns, of varied places and locations, I think I can say, without a doubt, that the person selected to write the returns for Harper's Ferry, pre-1860, had a broken hand. Also broken fingers. All of them. Anticipating Jackson Pollock, by a considerable number of years, I don't think they actually wrote anything. Indeed, I think they just whisked ink onto the paper with subtle wrist action. Then spilled some to boot - no doubt to account for the amount of ink they were allocated.
That's not anything to do with your gun though.
Volumes 1-3 of the SRS contain no entries for that serial.
I myself have no entry for that serial.
It's possible the SRS has, in volume 4 or more recent work, uncovered a record but you'd have to contact them for that. They're fee based. Somebody here might have volume 4.
Detailed pictures are always appreciated.