W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 23xxx
Swiss 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1891, in good condition with 70% original finish. 4/5 Bore (bright bore, sharp rifling, light pitting toward the muzzle end). 1/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
Furniture is in very rough condition with heavy handling wear, as well as many pressure marks ranging from mild to heavy in severity. There is an unrepaired crack on the right side of the stock at the grip and continues along almost the entire length of the grip. There is an area of long scratches and heavy handling wear in front of the finger groove. On the left side of the stock there is a gouge just before the finger groove. There is a gouge at the woodline directly below the handguard ferrule. There are many small pressure marks on the handguard in between the two barrel bands.
Receiver finish is heavily worn throughout. Both barrel bands have mild finish wear. Magazine plate, trigger guard, and magazine have heavy patina.
Both bolt knobs are cracked and chipped.
P stamp and year is poorly stamped on the receiver and only the upper half of the P and the two digit year were stamped onto the receiver. It seems to have been privatized sometime in the 1930s.
Includes 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.