W+F Bern Swiss 00/11 Carbine - sn 57xx
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 1902. It is in very good condition with 80% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Both charging handle knobs have matching serial numbers and both have a small crack.
On the left side of the stock, there is a pressure mark on the upper right side of the finger groove. Light scratch in the wood below the receiver's left side lightening cut. There are a few light pressure marks around the grip, along the comb, and at the butt. Right side of the stock has some scattered pressure marks at the rear. On the underside of the stock are a few scratches and small pressure marks along the toe. On the fore-end are a couple of gouges before the rear barrel band.
The handguard has a scratch on the left side below the rear sight and a long pressure mark on the right side in front of the rear barrel band.
Receiver has edge wear at the rear, adjacent to the bolt plug, edge wear around the loading slot and the upper lightening cuts, and light edge wear on the right side at the forward edge. There are a few marks in the metal on the right side of the receiver. "36" stamp underneath the serial number but no P stamp is found.
Rear barrel band has heavy finish wear. Front barrel band has moderate finish wear on the left side at the hinge, a few marks on the top side, finish wear on the right side at the mounting screw, edge wear around the bayonet lug, and heavy finish wear on the stacking lug. Front sight has finish wear on the ears and on the underside. Trigger plate has light finish wear around the front and middle screws. Trigger guard has moderate edge wear. Bluing on the magazine base is thinning and has moderate edge wear around the perimeter.
Includes 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.