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    Default Krags in Hollywood

    I'm not a Krag collector but I've been noticing so many Krags in war movies made in the 20s and 30s. They are carried by movie soldiers portraying armies of every country. I'm assuming that the U.S. Army dumped them shortly after the Spanish-American War and Hollywood must have picked them up in volume. Can anyone confirm this theory?

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    I have seen a Krag's stock stamped "RKO P" on the underside of the hand guard.

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    "Fighting Seabees" with John Wayne. If you watch it you'll see krags pop up in more than one scene. Sgt.Schultz in "Hogan's Heros" is in few scenes carrying a krag. Frank

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    The Krag was correct for Sgt Schultz Germany kept producing and issuing them. 6,5x55

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    That is true, but Schultz was carrying a US long Krag rifle, not a Norwegian.
    Atticus Finch used a cut down Krag to shoot the rabid dog in To Kill A Mockingbird.

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    U.S. Krags were sold by the DCM (Director of Civilian Marksmanship) to the public primarily in the 1920s.

    U.S. Krags were widely used in service until 1908-1909. They continued in National Guard use and were heavily used as 'training' rifles during WW1. Some Krags went Overseas with U.S. Engineers during early stage of U.S. WW1 involvement. Krags saw use with U.S. Railway Crews operating in France, during WW1.

    U.S. Krag models appear quite different from Norwegian and Danish models. Sgt. Schultz and his U.S. Krag makes most collectors cringe!

    In the 1920s, the DCM was selling Krags for $1.50. That alone would explain its use, (along with 'trapdoor' Springfield rifles), as "Movie Guns".

    Krags (sometimes shortened to 24" barrels) were widely used by VFW Posts for drill and blank firing.

    Recently while at the Barber Shop, I saw the end of a 1971 movie, "Rough Ride". It ended with a VFW Honor Guard firing a grave-side salute with Krags, at the burial of two Viet Nam War Vets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samamara View Post
    "Fighting Seabees" with John Wayne. If you watch it you'll see krags pop up in more than one scene. Sgt.Schultz in "Hogan's Heros" is in few scenes carrying a krag. Frank
    To add to this: I got to personally examine Col. Klink's Luger a few years back and it actually was a 30cal American import commercial example marked "Germany" that was made in the 20s.
    Jim

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    Charlie Chaplin in "Shouder Arms" (june 1918) is carrying one US Krag.
    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Shoulder_Arms.jpg

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    Chaplin's movie "The Great Dictator" shows stormtroopers carrying Krags

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    I have seen a few Fox Studios marked Krags. Another rifle that turns up in a lot of movies is the Trapdoor.

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    Might see one or two here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZUIJSe7p_k

    (The Real Glory 1939)

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    Moros = muslims, ought to be a good show.

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    The Real Glory (1939)

    Passed | 1h 36min | History, War | 29 September 1939 (USA)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031842/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    A good movie.

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    Think David Niven and Gary Cooper stared in that movie. Been a long time since I last saw it. Trapdoors have been made up as flintlock muskets but with the original hammer. Morgans Rangers?. Frank

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    This is the running list I have from scourring Krag Forums and my own discoveries.

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    The Real Glory, 1939

    The Big Parade with John Gilbert and Renee Adoree (1925)

    Shoulder Arms (1918) with Charlie Chaplin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9-UGJm6NRM

    The Big Parade with John Gilbert and Renee Adoree (1925)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNRkdqkiFZk (Stop at 32 seconds.)

    Boots and Saddles (1937) Gene Autry

    PeaceOnEarth (1939) Hugh Harman cartoon
    http://www.archive.org/details/PeaceOnEarth1939

    The Lost World (1925)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJaXxY3citM

    Gunga Din

    Farewell to Arms (1932)

    For Whom the Bell Tolls

    The Wind and the Lion

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    King Kong 1933

    Beau Gest (1939) with Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston

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    Just a few pics I had saved previously.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails KragAtticusFinch.jpg   KragKlink.jpg   KragSchultz.jpg  

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    Wind and the Lion was a pretty good movie. Lotsa Krags as well. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Frank

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    Sobald der Pfennig im Kasten klingt, die Seele aus dem Fegfeuer springt!

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