W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 18xxx
Low serial number from first year of manufacturing in 1891. Schmidt-Rubin 1889 in very good condition with 85% original finish. 4/5 Bore. 3/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Mild pitting in part of the bore. Furniture has some handling wear with a few rough handling marks. There is a small unrepaired crack in the rear of the stock at the butt near the comb on the right side. Patina on charging handle and safety ring. No P stamp on receiver. Includes muzzle cover and leather sling. 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.