W+F Bern Swiss 05/11 Carbine - sn 23xxx
Scarce Swiss 05/11 carbine which was converted from a W+F BERN Model 1905 Cavalry Carbine, with only up to 7,900 total in existence; no exact number is known. The base 1905 Cavalry Carbine in this conversion was originally manufactured in 1907.
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. Charging handle knobs have handling wear. Furniture has typically expected handling wear, as well as some heavy pressure marks and small gouges. The left side of the stock has some wear in the wood below the receiver and some heavy pressure marks to the right of the rear sling mount. On the right side of the stock is some scuffing at the butt, a vertical heavy pressure mark above the magazine, a gouge to the right of that mark, and two marks to the right of the finger groove; one of these two marks extends onto the handguard. Several heavy pressure marks are found running along the comb, and there is a dark discoloration in the wood around the receiver tang. There is also wear in the wood around the butt of the stock, typical with military service. The handguard has a long pressure mark on the right side, behind the rear barrel band.
Receiver has edge wear around the loading slot and the lightening cuts, heavy finish wear on the rear left side, and there is edge wear on the right side of the receiver. There are also scratches and small marks in the surface of the receiver. Rear barrel band has heavy patina and finish wear on the underside at the mounting screw and edge wear on the left side at the hinge. Front barrel band has heavy patina, finish wear on the right side at the mounting screw, and edge wear on the underside at the bayonet lug. The trigger plate has bluing wear around the screws and a mark around the midpoint. Trigger guard has moderate edge wear. Bluing on the magazine base is very worn, with parts of it nearly in the white. Receiver is P 36 stamped. Soldier's tag found under butt plate. Includes muzzle cover and leather sling.
C&R Eligible. Discreet import engraving.
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The 05/11 Carbine can be identified by its five-digit serial number beginning with the number "2". As both the 1900 Short Rifle and the 1905 Cavalry Carbine both started with the serial number "1", the 1900 Short Rifle retained its original serial number and the number "2" was added in front of the original 1905 Cavalry Carbine's four digit serial number to avoid duplicated serial numbers at the time of conversion. 00/05 Carbine serial numbers range from 20001 to 27900.