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?
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.