W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - 166xxx
Swiss 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1893, in very good condition with 85% original finish. 4/5 Bore (bright bore, lightly worn rifling). 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
Stock has a tiger stripe pattern around the butt. There are some light pressure marks and light scratches found around the butt. Light to mild pressure marks around the finger groove. About halfway between the barrel bands is a long scratch. On the left side of the stock. there are a few light marks rear of the grip. There is a mild pressure mark inside the finger groove and a small, light pressure mark on the left edge. Near the front barrel band there are two light gouges. On the underside of the stock, there is a small gouge to the right of the magazine plate, near the trigger guard. There is some scratching with black coloration near the rear barrel band. Handguard has various light pressure marks, with several long, light pressure marks found in between the handguard ferrule and the rear barrel band on the top side.
The stock is stamped with an encircled number 4 at the heel.
Receiver has lightly worn finish throughout. Light edge wear around the loading slot and the lightening cuts. Slightly heavier finish wear near the rear edge. Rear barrel band has mild finish wear. Front barrel band has light to mild finish wear and tool marks around the screw. Light to mild finish wear on the exposed barrel and the front sight. Magazine plate has light finish wear. Trigger guard has light edge wear and light finish wear. Magazine has light to mild finish wear.
Both bolt knobs are cracked.
Receiver is P 24 stamped, indicating privatization in 1924.
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.