W+F Bern Swiss 00/11 Carbine - sn 11xxx
Uncommon Swiss 00/11 carbine which was converted from a W+F BERN Model 1900 Short Rifle. The original 1900 Short Rifle was manufactured in 1907. It is in very good condition with 85% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Stock has handling marks throughout, with pressure marks and light gouges. On the left side of the stock are a few small pressure marks to the right of the finger groove and several light pressure marks and scratches below the comb, to the left of the rear sling mount. On the right side of the stock is a gouge near the butt, small scratches on the grip, and a gouge to the right of the bolt takedown lever. There are multiple pressure marks around the right side finger groove. On the underside of the stock is the expected wear at the toe, and there are various small pressure marks scattered along the forend. The handguard has a long wood grain pattern. There are multiple light pressure marks on the top side of the handguard around the rear barrel band.
Receiver has light edge wear around the loading slot, around the top side lightening cuts, and edge wear on the right side at the forward edge. The rear barrel band has finish wear on the top and right sides with light patina, and finish wear on the underside at the mounting screw. Front barrel band has finish wear on the top side with light patina, finish wear on the right side at the mounting screw, and edge wear on the underside at the bayonet lug. Light edge wear on the front sight's ears. Trigger plate bluing is lightly worn. Trigger guard has moderate edge wear. Magazine bluing is lightly worn, with edge wear around all edges and light patina.
No P stamp on the receiver. The number 38 is stamped below the receiver's serial number. While there is no dot placed before or after the "38", typically indicating year of refurbishment, this rifle was likely refurbished in 1938.
Includes muzzle cover and leather sling.
C&R eligible. Discreet import engraving.
The Karabiner 00/11 is an uncommon production within the series of K11 Carbines. In response to shortages of firearms, Switzerland opted to refurbish and upgrade older 1900 and 1905 Short Rifles to the more powerful 7.5x55mm Swiss Gewehrpatrone 1911 (GP11) cartridge. Similar to the action used on the 96/11 and 1911 Infantry Rifle series, the serial numbers reflect a much older production. Though the 1911 rifle ceased production in 1919, the K11 was produced through 1933 as the Swiss military realized the benefit of outfitting their service members with shorter, lighter carbines.