W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - 125xxx
Swiss 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1893, in very good condition with 80% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 3/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
Furniture has various light to mild pressure marks throughout. On the right side of the stock, there are several mild pressure marks between the Swiss military acceptance stamp and the beginning of the grip area. On the area of the stock above the magazine are a few long pressure marks. There are some mild pressure marks along the bottom edge of the finger groove and long pressure marks on the forearm between the end of the finger groove and the rear barrel band. On the left side of the stock, there are a pair of mild pressure marks and multiple light pressure marks running along the grip. In front of the finger groove is a deep gouge. On the underside of the stock, on the right side of the magazine plate, in between the trigger guard and magazine, are several mild pressure marks. Various pressure marks found on the forearm in between the two barrel bands. The heel of the stock is stamped with an encircled number 2. There are a couple of light scrapes adjacent to this stamp. The handguard has various light to mild pressure marks like the stock but no major blemishes.
The right side of the stock is stamped at the butt with the original owner's information:
The original owner attended infantry training school in Colombier, Neuchatel in 1893 according to this information.
The receiver has mild finish wear throughout, as well as mild patina. Mild pitting throughout the surface of the receiver. Mild edge wear around the loading slot, light to mild edge wear around the lightening cuts. Light edge wear at the rear of the receiver. Both barrel bands have moderate to heavy finish wear. Mild to fair finish wear on the magazine plate. Trigger guard has fair to moderate edge wear, fair to moderate finish wear on the underside, and light pitting. Magazine has moderate to heavy finish wear and mild patina.
Both bolt knobs are cracked.
Receiver is P 21 stamped, indicating privatization in 1921.
Includes leather sling.
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.