W+F Bern Swiss 1896/11 - 239xxx
Swiss 1896/11 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1899, in very good condition with 80% original finish. 4/5 Bore (light pitting throughout bore. 3/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
On the right side of the stock, there are numerous light pressure marks throughout the butt. There are also some mild pressure marks above the pistol grip and light to mild gouges around the butt. Several fair and heavy gouges around the edge of the finger groove. Before the rear barrel band there is an area with numerous light pressure marks. Large, heavy gouge before the front barrel band. On the left side of the stock, there are light to mild gouges on the forward area of the butt. Large dark stain to the right of the finger groove. On the bottom edge of the finger groove there is a mild scratch and a heavy gouge, and there is a light gouge above the left side. On the underside of the stock, there are scrapes and mild gouging ear of the pistol grip and on the rear side of the pistol grip. Heavy gouge on the right edge of the magazine plate in front of the magazine catch. Heavy pressure mark on the forearm in front of the rear barrel band spring. The comb of the stock is faintly stamped with an armory rack number of 58489. Heavy finish wear at the forward end of the comb. Chipping at the receiver tang. Multiple pressure marks throughout the handguard. On the right side of the handguard there is a small, mild gouge adjacent to the ferrule and there are a few small, light gouges in front of the rear barrel band.
Receiver has moderate to heavy finish wear and moderate to heavy patina throughout. Fair edge wear throughout the receiver. Rear barrel band has moderate finish wear, heavy patina, and mild tool marks. Front barrel band has mild finish wear, mild patina, and the hinge pin appears to have been lost at some point and replaced with a nail. Light finish wear on the magazine plate. Fair finish wear, heavy patina, and surface marks on the trigger guard. Moderate edge wear, mild to fair finish wear and moderate patina on the magazine.
Receiver is P 51 stamped, indicating privatization in 1951.
Top bolt knob is chipped. Bottom bolt knob is a replacement.
C&R Eligible. Import engraved.