W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - 143xxx
Swiss 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1893, in good condition with 80% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
There is a mechanical issue with this 1889. The trigger sear is worn and is not reliably tripped when pressing the trigger. This would otherwise be graded 80% overall.
Furniture has some scattered light scratches throughout. Light handling wear around the butt of the stock. On the right side of the stock, there are a series of small, light to mild pressure marks found to the left of the finger groove. A few light scratches are noted along the forearm, including a scratch in front of the rear barrel band where the band had rubbed against the wood during previous disassembly/reassembly. On the left side of the stock, there are multiple very light to light pressure marks along the grip and the side of the receiver to the finger groove, and a mild pressure mark at the top of the grip. Before the barrel band there is a mild to fair pressure mark between the stock and handguard. On the underside of the stock, there are various very light to light marks along the toe. There is a dark spot on the forearm before the rear barrel band. In between the two barrel bands there are a couple of pressure marks and a light scratch. Light finish wear noted at the heel of the stock. Handguard has a light pressure mark on the top side near the ferrule. On the left side of the handguard there is a black spot with a mild pressure mark inside the area. Various very light to light pressure marks scattered between the two barrel bands. The Swiss military stamp is very sharp and well defined.
Receiver finish is lightly worn throughout. Light edge wear around the loading slot and the three lightening cuts. Light to mild edge wear on the rear edge. Light to mild edge wear on the right side. Receiver also has some light scratching and light pitting throughout. Patina on the rear sight. Rear barrel band has mild finish wear throughout and light patina. Front barrel band has mild finish wear, heavier finish wear on the bayonet lug, and light patina. Moderate to heavy finish wear on the magazine plate and on the trigger guard. Magazine has fair to moderate finish wear.
Bottom bolt knob is cracked and the lower portion of it has nearly separated from the upper portion.
Lower bolt knob is cracked.
No P stamp.
Includes muzzle cover.
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.