W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - General Guisan - 20xxx
Swiss 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1891, in good condition with 75% finish. 5/5 Bore. 2/5 Stock. Furniture not checked for matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
The right side of the stock has a relief carving recognizing the career of General Henri Guisan. "Texte A. Favre" is carved on the comb and "R. Vassaux" is carved on the grip.
On the right side of the stock, there are light gouges between the finger groove and rear barrel band. On the left side of the stock, there are heavy gouges at the butt toward the underside. Large chip at the woodline below the receiver, and it appears glue has been used to repair the chip. Light gouge to the right of the finger groove. Heavy pressure marks to the left of the finger groove. Light gouging before the rear barrel band. On the underside of the stock there is a heavy pressure mark near the magazine. Heavy gouge by the receiver tang. Handguard has a heavy gouge and multiple horizontal gouges between the barrel bands.
Receiver finish is mildly worn. Heavy patina over the chamber and multiple surface marks throughout the receiver. Rear barrel band has light finish wear, mild patina, and heavy tool marks on the screw. Front barrel band has heavy finish wear. Heavy finish wear and heavy patina on the magazine plate and trigger guard.
Receiver is P 31 stamped, indicating armory refurbishment in 1931.
Includes 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.