W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 605xx
Schmidt-Rubin 1889 in very good condition with 95% original finish. 4/5 Bore. 5/5 stock. Stock and handguard match serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Charging handle knob is cracked. Scratches on the stock and handguard forward of the rear barrel band; maybe caused by previous owner attempting to remove barrel band without sufficiently loosening the screw. Number 1 in a circle stamped on the comb of the stock near the butt. Receiver is P.12 stamped. Includes muzzle cover and leather sling; sling appears to be torn at the forward end, preventing lengthening of the 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.