W+F Bern Swiss 00/11 Carbine - sn 12xxx
Uncommon Swiss 00/11 carbine which was converted from a W+F BERN Model 1900 Short Rifle. Very good condition with 80% original finish. 4/5 Bore. 3/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Bright bore with lightly worn rifling. Furniture has rough handling marks throughout, with many moderate to heavy pressure marks, as well as some gouges. On the left side of the stock, near the rear barrel band is a small gouge at the wood line that is accompanied by a gouge on the handguard, and there is a small gouge below and to the left. Above the finger groove, there are many heavy pressure marks between the stock and handguard, as well as some gouging by the rear of the rear sight. There are some heavy pressure marks below the rear of the receiver, and there are a series of heavy pressure marks to the right of the rear sling mount, below the comb. On the right side of the stock, there are several heavy pressure marks below the receiver and a long pressure mark in between the end of the finger groove and the rear barrel band. On the underside of the stock, in front of the magazine and trigger plate is a patch of finish wear in the wood, as well as many pressure marks and some gouging. There are also a number of heavy pressure marks between the pistol grip and the trigger guard. The handguard has numerous pressure marks and a large gouge on the left side near the gouge on the stock.
Receiver has edge wear around the loading slot and lightening cuts, and heavy finish wear at the rear on the top and left sides. There are also some scratches and marks in the metal. Both barrel bands have heavy finish wear. The trigger plate has an area of finish wear in between the trigger guard and magazine. Trigger guard has finish wear as well as heavy edge wear. Bluing on the magazine base is worn, with heavy finish wear on the rear, edge wear, and patina. Receiver is P 36 stamped. Soldier's tag found under butt plate. Includes leather sling.
C&R Eligible. Discreet import engraving.
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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.