W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 129xxx
Schmidt-Rubin 1889, produced in 1893, is in very good condition with 90% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 1/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Includes muzzle cover. Furniture would have been graded 4/5 due to handling marks including light pressure marks scattered throughout, a gouge on the underside of the stock in between the two barrel bands, and three marks of black paint, however there is an unrepaired crack found at the grip, which has lowered the furniture grading to 1/5. Receiver finish is very dark, with light edge wear seen around the loading slot and the lightening cuts. Rear barrel band has good bluing with wear around the bottom sling loop and on the right side at the screw. Front barrel band has bluing wear on the left and right sides and at the bayonet lug. Trigger plate and the trigger guard have good bluing, with light edge wear on the trigger guard. Magazine has finish wear on the sides but is otherwise very good. Swiss military acceptance stamps on the stock and the handguard are well defined. Receiver is P/08 stamped. 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.