W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 2xxx
Schmidt-Rubin 1889, produced in 1891, is in excellent condition with 93% finish. 5/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Stock & handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Top charging handle knob is chipped. Bottom charging handle knob is cracked. Furniture is exceptionally clean, especially considering the age of the rifle. The Swiss military acceptance stamp on the right side of the stock and on the top of the handguard are well defined, and both finger grooves have sharp edges, making it unlikely that the furniture was sanded and refinished. Stock also has a beautiful tiger stripe pattern from the butt to the grip. The bluing does appear to have been refinished. Overall bluing is very dark. Receiver has very little edge wear typically found around the loading slot and the lightening slots. Both barrel bands have very dark bluing with light finish wear on the right side at the screws. Trigger plate has very dark bluing. Trigger guard has light edge wear. Magazine has dark bluing, with some light pitting underneath the current bluing. Receiver is P 25 stamped. Includes 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.