W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - 163xxx
Swiss 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1893, in very good condition with 85% original finish. 3/5 Bore (bright bore, worn rifling). 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
Receiver is P/19 stamped, indicating privatization in 1919.
We believe that the bolt knobs are not original and are likely a replacement.
Furniture has various light scratches throughout. On the right side of the stock, there is a long scratch at the butt, below the toe. Very light to light pressure marks found along the grip. Mild gouge at the woodline below the loading slot. Several small pressure marks around the finger groove. On the forearm there is a light to mild pressure mark before the rear barrel band and a light to mild pressure mark near the rear barrel band that runs between the stock and handguard. On the left side of the stock, there is a light gouge on the lower edge of the butt. Below the comb there are a few light to mild pressure marks, and there are light to mild pressure marks found along the grip. A couple long, light pressure marks found on the side of the stock below the receiver, as well as a couple of light scratches and a pair of mild gouges. Two mild gouges noted above the right side of the finger groove. Before the rear barrel band is a long, light scratch and a few light pressure marks perpendicular to the scratch. There is a long scuff or scratch in between the two barrel bands. On the underside of the stock there are several small mild pressure marks and two very small gouges before the magazine plate. Mild gouge in between the two barrel bands. There is a severe gouge at the end of the comb, near the receiver tang.
Mild pitting noted on the receiver, barrel bands, magazine plate, trigger guard, and magazine. While the receiver does that mild pitting throughout, the actual bluing appears to be fairly uniform. The trigger guard has a mild bend on the front portion where it is attached directly to the magazine plate, possibly from the previous owner overtightening the part. Magazine has mild to fair edge wear and a scratch on the right side from the magazine disconnect lever.
Bolt knobs appear to be a replacement.
Includes muzzle cover and 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.