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 1901, the first year of production. 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. Charging handle knobs matching serial numbers; top charging handle knob is cracked, bottom knob is chipped. Furniture has handling wear and pressure marks throughout. The comb of the stock is stamped with a rack/identification number of "24825". On the left side of the stock, there is a small pressure mark on the bottom right corner of the finger groove. At the grip are some pressure marks and a gouge, and there are a few heavy pressure marks below the comb. On the right side of the stock, there is a long pressure mark to the right of the Swiss military approval stamp, some scratches above the magazine area, and pressure marks around the finger groove. There is a round-shaped rough patch in between the two barrel bands. Along the comb are a few small pressure marks and a heavy pressure mark below the rack number. On the underside of the stock is the typical wear at the toe and a pressure mark near the rear barrel band. The handguard has pressure marks throughout. On the left side of the handguard there are several pressure marks below and to the left of the rear sight. On the right side of the handguard there is a rough patch near the previously mentioned rough patch on the stock.
Receiver has edge wear around the loading slot and the lightening cuts, finish wear at the rear, and edge wear on the right side. There are also a few small marks in the surface of the metal. The rear barrel band has lightly thinning bluing with patina. The front barrel band has darker bluing with some light patina present, and edge wear on the bayonet lug. Trigger plate has thinning bluing, with wear on the right side near the front screw. Trigger guard has edge wear. Magazine base plate has thinned bluing.
Receiver is ·11 stamped underneath the serial number, indicating factory refurbishment occurred in 1911. Considering the K11 began military production in 1914, this refurbishment date of 1911 may be for the 1900 Short Rifle in its original configuration, or could be when it was remanufactured as a 00/11; 00/11 conversion dates are generally not known.
No P stamp on receiver. Includes muzzle cover. 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.