W+F Bern Swiss 00/11 Carbine - sn 69xx
Uncommon Swiss 00/11 carbine. Converted from a W+F Bern Model 1900 Short Rifle, originally one of 1000 manufactured in 1904. 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. Rifling is lightly worn.
Bottom charging handle knob is missing. Top charging handle knob is chipped and has been affixed to the operating rod with adhesive by the previous owner.
Furniture is worn and covered in mild to heavy pressure marks throughout. Some gouging is also present.
On the left side of the stock, there are various pressure marks found around the perimeter of the finger groove as well as several gouges above the finger groove that extend to the handguard. On the stock below the receiver is a large patch of small heavy pressure marks and gouging. The grip has a series of circular scratches in the finish as well as a series of heavy pressure marks running the length of the grip. Rear of the grip are several large pressure marks.
On the right side of the stock are a series of pressure marks found running below the comb. There is a gouge on the fore-end at the wood line between the two barrel bands. Along the comb are pressure marks, with a larger dent at the heel.
On the underside of the stock, There are heavy pressure marks at the toe and multiple very heavy pressure marks and gouging around the pistol grip. A series of moderate pressure marks are on the fore-end before the rear barrel band.
The handguard has a pressure mark at the base and multiple pressure marks around the rear barrel band.
Receiver finish is evenly worn and has edge wear around the loading slot and the top lightening cuts. Multiple small marks are found in the metal. Rear barrel band has mild finish wear throughout, mostly on the right side. There is also finish wear on the underside at the mounting screw. Front barrel band has finish wear on the left side at the hinge, on the right side at the mounting screw, and light edge wear on the bayonet lug. Trigger plate bluing is lightly worn. Edge wear on the trigger guard. Bluing on the base of the magazine is thinning and has light edge wear around the perimeter.
Two different year stamps are found on the receiver. First is a ·10 stamp indicating factory refurbishment in 1910. Second year stamp found below the ·10 stamp is a 37 stamp, normally indicating privatization in 1937, but there is no accompanying P stamp found.
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.