W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - 10xxx
Swiss 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1891, in very good condition with 75% finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Furniture not checked for serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine non-matching serial number (serial number 402 from an experimental or training rifle).
On the right side of the stock, there are heavy pressure marks at the center of the butt. Streaks of dark coloration from the forward end of the butt to the midpoint of the stock. On the left side of the stock there is a mild gouge at the heel. Heavy pressure mark near the rear sling mount. Heavy pressure marks and light gouges to the right of the finger groove. Heavy gouge at the receiver tang. Handguard has a heavy pressure mark and light gouge in front of the rear barrel band.
Receiver finish is mildly worn and has light pitting throughout. Heavy finish wear and heavy patina on the rear barrel band. Light finish wear on the front barrel band. Heavy finish wear on the magazine plate and trigger guard.
Receiver is P21 stamped, indicating privatization in 1921.
Antique; no import engraving. See our How To Order page for ordering instructions.
The Model 1889 rifle is the first in a series of Schmidt-Rubin rifles put into service by the Swiss Military from the 1890s through the 1950s. The revolutionary straight pull bolt design allowed the user to unlock the action and eject a spent cartridge in one motion, then push forward to load the next round, arm the striker, and lock the action, saving time between shots. The 1889 rifle is chambered in 7.5x53.5mm Swiss Gewehrpatrone 1890 (GP90) and is fed with a 12 round detachable box magazine.