W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 81xxx
Schmidt-Rubin 1889, produced in 1892, in good condition with 60% original finish. 1/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Both charging handle knobs are cracked, with matching serial numbers. The stock is clean with a few scattered light pressure marks. Hint of tiger striping seen in the handguard. Bore has heavy pitting with very dull rifling. Pitting is present on most exterior metal surfaces, including the magazine, receiver, and the portion of the barrel that extends past the furniture. Receiver bluing is faded and discolored. Both barrel bands have a brown patina to the finish. Trigger plate and trigger guard have a good amount of finish, with light edge wear on the trigger guard. Magazine bluing is worn. Receiver is P 31 stamped. There is also a stamp of an H inside a shield found on the receiver tang underneath the bolt. 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.