W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 31xxx
Very good condition Schmidt-Rubin 1889 with 92% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matches serial number. Magazine matches serial number. Charging handle knob is cracked. There is a round dent on the left side of the stock at the grip, as well as various handling marks found throughout the furniture, consistent with military service and its age. A numeral 1 within a circle is stamped on the comb of the stock near the butt plate. Receiver is P/20 stamped. 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.