W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - 159xxx
Swiss W+F Bern 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1893, in very good condition with 85% finish. 3/5 Bore (bright bore but heavily worn rifling). 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard not checked for matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine non-matching serial number (61236, 1892 production). Bolt knobs matching serial number.
Both bolt knobs are cracked.
On the right side of the stock, there are multiple small, heavy pressure marks near the bolt release lever. On the left side of the stock there is a light gouge at the center of the butt. Light gouge to the right of the finger groove. On the underside of the stock, there is mild gouging by the center receiver screw and mild gouging before the rear barrel band. Mild gouge next to the receiver tang. Handguard has a pair of heavy gouges on the rear half of the handguard and an X-shaped gouge between the barrel bands.
Receiver finish is lightly worn. Light patina on the top side of the receiver. Both barrel bands have light finish wear and light patina. Heavy finish wear on the magazine plate, before the trigger guard. Light finish wear and mild patina on the trigger guard.
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.