W+F Bern Swiss 1896/11 - 265xxx
Swiss 1896/11 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1900, in good condition with 50% original finish. 3/5 Bore (lightly worn rifling, light pitting in the grooves). Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
Stock has a tiger stripe pattern at the butt, mostly visible on the comb and on the underside.
Fair to moderate pressure marks throughout the right side of the stock at the butt. There are a pair of heavy triangular gouges below the woodline in between the finger groove and rear barrel band that appears to be fairly fresh. Mild pressure marks along the forearm in between the two barrel bands. On the left side of the stock, there are light pressure marks throughout the butt and a gouge near the rear sling mount. Several light to mild pressure marks below the woodline to the right of the finger groove. Light pressure marks around the rear barrel band. The initials "G.S" and what appears to be an upside-down trident has been carved to the right of the front barrel band. On the underside of the stock, there is a heavy gouge on the pistol grip and gouging on the right side of the magazine plate next to the trigger guard. The stock is chipped directly in front of the barrel band. The comb of the stock is stamped with a Bernese bear for Canton Bern and with an armory rack number of 79521. The handguard has a gouge on the right side above the woodline associated with the previously mentioned two gouges, but otherwise has light pressure marks throughout.
Bluing overall is moderately to heavily worn and there is light patina throughout. Many components are either approaching white or are in the white.
Receiver is P 35 stamped, indicating privatization in 1935.
C&R Eligible. Import engraved.