W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 19xxx
Swiss 1889 Infantry rifle, produced in 1891, in very good condition with 85% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number.
On the right side of the stock, there is a heavy pressure mark on the comb, before the grip. There are three small marks above the magazine, before the finger groove. On the left side of the stock, there is a small pressure mark on the grip. Heavy handling wear along the side of the stock, in between the grip and the start of the finger groove. Small gouge on the top edge of the finger groove. On the forearm, in between the two barrel bands, there is a heavy pressure mark. On the underside of the stock, there is a small scuff at the toe and a couple of light pressure marks. A few light pressure marks are found scattered on the forearm. The handguard has a few heavy heavy pressure marks in between the two barrel bands.
Receiver finish has an even, light wear throughout. Light edge wear around the loading slot and the three lightening cuts. There are a few small marks in the receiver's surface, as well as two heavy impact marks towards the rear of the receiver. Both barrel bands have light patina. Magazine plate has good finish. Trigger guard has light edge wear and light patina. Magazine has light finish wear, particularly on the right side, and light patina overall.
Bolt knobs appear intact however they appear to have been sanded and reshaped. Heavy pitting noted along the bolt handle.
Receiver is P 20 stamped, indicating privatization in 1920.
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.