W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - 166xx1
Swiss 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1893, in very 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.
Furniture overall has been lightly sanded and refinished with a semi-gloss varnish. The Swiss military acceptance stamp on the right side of the stock is shallow but visible. As the stock has been refinished, it is very clean but there are still some pressure marks present. On the right side of the stock, there is a long, light mark near the butt, below the Swiss military acceptance stamp. There are a couple of heavy pressure marks above the left side of the finger groove. On the left side of the handguard at the woodline, there are several small, mild pressure marks near the ferrule.
Receiver has mostly light to mild finish wear, with some areas of heavy finish wear. Light edge wear around the loading slot and upper lightening cuts, light to mild edge wear on the long left side lightening cut. Light finish wear on both barrel bands. Light finish wear on the magazine plate, with heavier wear from handling around the trigger guard. Trigger guard has mild to fair finish wear. Fair to moderate finish wear on the magazine with moderate edge wear.
Both bolt knobs are cracked.
Receiver is P/21 stamped on top of the chamber, indicating privatization in 1921. Beneath the receiver's serial number there is a ·4 stamped, indicating armory refurbishment in 1904.
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.