W+F Bern Swiss 00/11 Carbine - sn 27xxx
This is an uncommon Swiss 00/11 carbine which was converted by W+F BERN from a Model 1905 Cavalry Carbine. It is in very good condition with 85% finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Furniture has some heavy handling marks, from light to heavy pressure marks, distributed throughout. No damage is noted in the furniture. Receiver has mostly dark bluing, with edge wear around the loading slot as typical, but there is heavier bluing wear found on the left side of the receiver as well at the rear. Rear barrel band has finish wear on the right and top side. Front barrel band has dark bluing. Trigger plate has dark bluing, with light finish wear found adjacent to the middle screw. Trigger guard's bluing is thinning and has edge wear. Magazine base bluing is very worn and approaching white. Receiver is P stamped, as well as WF27 stamped, indicating a factory refurbishment in 1927. Soldier's tag found under butt plate. 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.