W+F Bern Swiss 1889 - sn 99xxx
Schmidt-Rubin 1889, produced in 1892, is in very good condition with 85% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Charging handle knob has matching serial numbers but the top knob is chipped and the bottom knob is cracked. Furniture does have a few heavy handling marks, with a couple of small gouges and a few heavy pressure marks; on the left side of the stock is a heavy pressure mark rear of the grip and there is another heavy pressure mark at the comb. Handguard has limited handling marks. The receiver has fairly good bluing which lightens somewhat toward the barrel. There are also a few marks in the receiver as well as some small speckling from surface frost. Both barrel bands have good bluing; the rear and front barrel bands have finish wear on the right side at the screw, and the front barrel band has some wear at the hinge. The trigger plate has fairly good bluing at the front by the magazine but wears toward the rear, and the rear of the trigger plate is almost completely in the white. Bluing on the trigger guard is thinning and has some edge wear. Magazine finish is also thinning, with some speckling from surface frost on the left side. Bolt action is noted to be a little stiff. Includes muzzle cover and leather sling. Receiver is P 20 stamped. 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.