W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 131xxx
Swiss 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1893, in very good condition with 85% original finish. 4/5 Bore (lightly worn rifling). 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard match serial numbers with each other but do not match the receiver; they are from an 1889 with serial number 48526 (1892 production). Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
Stock and handguard have various light to mild pressure marks scattered. On the right side of the stock, there is a long, light scratch in the finish at the butt of the stock near the toe. There is a light gouge before the grip. Several long pressure marks and a scratch to the left of the finger groove. On the forearm in between the barrel bands are a few mild pressure marks at the woodline between the stock and handguard. On the left side of the stock there is a mild pressure mark at the base of the grip. Before the rear barrel band there is a vertical pressure mark at the woodline between the stock and handguard. There is a dark coloration in front of the rear barrel band between the stock and handguard and appears to be from a band that may have been affixed previously. On the underside of the stock, There is a small chip at the rear of the magazine plate and the rear barrel band spring has broken. The heel of the stock is stamped with an encircled number 7. Handguard has a gouge in front of the rear barrel band, another gouge near the front barrel band, and multiple heavy pressure marks in between the two barrel bands.
Receiver has mild edge wear around the loading slot and very light to light edge wear around the lightening cuts. Very light edge wear at the rear edge. Scattered small spots of light pitting around the receiver. Rear barrel band has light finish wear with light patina. Front barrel band has mild finish wear with light patina. Magazine plate has light edge wear around the magazine and mild finish wear before the trigger guard. Trigger guard has mild finish wear and patina. Magazine has light finish wear and edge wear.
Receiver is P 32 stamped, indicating privatization in 1932.
Includes muzzle cover and 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.