W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 12xxx
Swiss 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1891, in very good condition with 85% original finish. 4/5 Bore (bright bore with lightly worn rifling). 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
Furniture has a few small gouges present. The inspector had also noted that it seems as if some sort of paint or resin had previously spilled onto the furniture in between the two barrel bands. On the right side of the stock there is an area of rough handling wear above the magazine area. There is a scratch on the forearm before the rear barrel band. Small, Mild pressure mark on the forearm in between the two barrel bands. On the left side of the stock there are a pair of mild pressure marks below the comb and a small gouge near the bottom. There is an area of rough handling wear from the top of the grip to the beginning of the finger groove. More pressure marks are found on the forearm around the rear barrel band. On the underside of the stock there are a few surface gouges and a small chip adjacent to the magazine plate. There is a scrape on the forearm in between the two barrel bands. The handguard has several pressure marks on the top side and a gouge on the left side, in between the two barrel bands.
Receiver has light finish wear overall and is very good considering the age of the rifle. Light edge wear around the lightening cuts on the left and top sides of the receiver. Minor to light edge wear around the loading slot. Light edge wear at the rear of the receiver at the bolt plug, a small mark in the finish on the left side near the rear, and very light pitting on the rear of the receiver. Both barrel bands have good bluing with light finish wear and light patina. Front barrel band has light edge wear around the bayonet lug. Magazine plate has very good bluing. Trigger guard has good bluing with light edge wear. Light patina on the magazine.
Both bolt knobs are cracked and chipped.
Receiver is P 27 stamped, indicating privatization in 1927.
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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.