Erik Jørgensen (gunsmith)

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Erik Jørgensen
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Erik Jørgensen
Born(1848-05-17)17 May 1848
Died9 December 1896(1896-12-09) (aged 48)

Erik Jørgensen (17 May 1848 – 9 December 1896) was a Norwegian master gunsmith, well known for his cooperation with Ole Herman Johannes Krag in developing the successful Krag–Jørgensen rifle.[1][2]

Erik Jørgensen was born in the parish of Asker in Akershus, Norway and grew up on the farm Solstad.[3] He educated himself to be a gunsmith and started working at Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk (the most important Norwegian weapon factory) in 1870. It was here that he met Ole H J Krag, and from 1871 Jørgensen worked with Krag on his rifles. As time went on, Jørgensen turned from just doing work for Krag to be an active participant in the development of the rifle which later became known as the Krag–Jørgensen.[4]


  1. ^ "Erik Jørgensen". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Askild Antonsen. "Krag–Jørgensen-geværet". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Solstad, Asker herad, Akershus". Matrikkelutkastet av 1950. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Karl Egil Hanevik. "Erik Jørgensen". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved January 1, 2017.

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