W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 17xx
Schmidt-Rubin 1889 with 95% original finish. 5/5 Bore, 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matches serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Light handling marks between stock and handguard, rear of the rear barrel band, on the left side. Dent in the stock forward of the left side finger groove. Dent on the right side finger groove. Scratch in the stock on the ride side of the grip. Dark spot on the left side of the receiver near the butt, likely from an armory identification label. Bluing is lightly worn on the magazine, receiver bluing is even. Magazine disconnect is locked to magazine-feed-only position. Stamped with the number 3 on the comb of the stock near the butt plate, as well as a cartouche forward of the stamped number. Especially considering this rifle is an early Schmidt-Rubin 1889 manufactured in 1891, this is in excellent condition. 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.