W+F Bern Swiss 1896/11 - 267xxx
Swiss 1896/11 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1900, in very good condition with 90% finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
Furniture has been previously sanded and refinished; the Swiss military acceptance stamp on the right side of the stock at the butt is shallow and the stamp on the handguard is almost gone. Tiger striping is present on the comb and the right side of the stock.
On the right side of the stock, there is a light pressure mark below the comb, and a small pressure mark above the pistol grip. Below the bolt release lever there is a heavy pressure mark. There are a few light scratches at the woodline above the finger groove. In front of the rear barrel band there is a heavy pressure mark below the woodline. On the left side of the stock, there are a few light scratches and a scrape near the butt. Above the pistol grip is a group of heavy pressure marks. There are a few light pressure marks and a scratch to the right of the finger groove. On the underside of the stock there are a series of light gouges near the pistol grip. There is a heavy gouge next to the magazine catch. On the right side of the handguard, in front of the rear barrel band there are several heavy pressure marks above the previously noted heavy pressure mark on the stock.
The comb of the stock is stamped with an armory rack number of 132181.
All bluing has been armory refurbished. The receiver has several surface marks in the metal and light patina at the forward end of the receiver around the chamber. There are a few spots of light finish wear on the front barrel band. Some sort of coating had been applied to the barrel bands, resulting in a green tint over the bluing. Light patina on the exposed barrel. Very light edge wear on the trigger guard. Minor edge wear on the magazine base.
Receiver is P stamped. The · below the serial number denotes that this rifle was armory refurbished, however it is placed above the "63", and the "63" is stamped next to the P stamp. It is likely that this rifle was privatized in 1963, and the year of armory refurbishment was not stamped onto the receiver.
Includes muzzle cover and leather sling.
C&R Eligible. Import engraved.