W+F Bern Swiss 00/11 Carbine - sn 16xxx
Uncommon Swiss 00/11 carbine which was converted by W+F BERN from a Model 1900 Short Rifle. It is in good condition with 70% finish. 3/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Bright, shiny bore with worn rifling. The bottom charging handle knob is cracked and the top charging handle knob appears to be a replacement. Furniture has typical handling marks, with light pressure marks throughout. The left side of the stock has a moderate pressure mark to the left of the rear sling mount and appears to have been caused by the sling loop. Receiver has dark bluing at the chamber but heavy finish wear from the midpoint to the rear. Rear barrel band has dark bluing. Front barrel band has light finish wear on the right side. Trigger plate has some bluing remaining around the magazine well but the rest of it appears to have been scrubbed and nearly is completely in the white. Trigger guard also has heavy finish wear and is almost completely in the white. Magazine base has very thin bluing remaining. 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.