W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - 145xxx
Swiss 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1893, in good condition with 75% finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
On the right side of the stock, there is a round light pressure mark on the grip, below the bolt handle. On the left side of the stock, there is some mild handling wear below the receiver. There is a light gouge about halfway between the end of the finger groove and the rear barrel band, and there is a light scratch before the rear barrel band that runs between the stock and handguard. On the underside of the stock, there is a small gouge near the magazine plate and a chip or gouge on the edge of the wood at the magazine plate. There are some scratches and light gouges near the rear barrel band from previous disassembly and reassembly and some dark coloration around the rear barrel band spring, possibly from an attempt to refinish the spring. An encircled number 1 is found stamped on the heel of the stock. The handguard has a heavy pressure mark on the top side in between the two barrel bands, and there is dark coloration in the wood around both barrel bands.
There may have been an attempt by the previous owner to refinish the bluing. Receiver has fair to moderate finish wear throughout and mild patina. Light to mild edge wear around the loading slot. Light edge wear around the lightening cuts. Both barrel bands have fair finish wear and mild patina. Magazine plate, trigger guard, and magazine have fair to moderate finish wear and mild patina.
Both bolt knobs are cracked.
Receiver is P/23 stamped, indicating privatization in 1923.
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.