W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 101xx
Swiss 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1891, in very good condition with 85% original finish. 4/5 Bore (light pitting near the chamber). 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
Furniture overall has very good finish and is fairly clean considering its age, but there are a few small gouges present. On the right side of the stock there is a gouge below the finger groove and a small gouge forward of the finger groove. On the left side of the stock there is a mark before the finger groove and a pressure mark above the finger groove at the woodline. There are a few mild to moderate pressure marks scattered on the underside of the stock. The handguard also has a few scattered pressure marks.
Receiver has very good bluing but there is some pitting present. Both barrel bands have light finish wear. Rear barrel band has finish wear on the right side at the mounting screw and on the sling loop. Heavy tooling marks noted on the screw. Front barrel band has light edge wear around the bayonet lug.
The safety ring appears to have been been repaired. Both vulcanite bolt knobs are cracked
Receiver is stamped P 14, indicating privatization in 1914.
Antique; no import engraving.
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.