W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 98xxx
Schmidt-Rubin 1889 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1892, is in very good condition with 90% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Tiger striping pattern visible in the stock. Furniture overall is very clean but there are a few heavy pressure marks and a couple of scattered small gouges. Receiver has dark bluing, with edge wear around the loading slot, the lightening cuts, and at the rear, next to the bolt plug. Rear barrel band has good bluing with wear on the right side at the screw. Front barrel band has finish wear on top. Trigger plate has bluing wear at the rear. Trigger guard has edge wear. Magazine bluing has edge wear. Receiver is P 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.