Very Good Condition with 90% Original Finish. Matching Bolt and Magazine S/N#. 5/5 Bore. Antique. P. Stamped. Refurbished in 1905. Retired in 1936. Stock and handguard are mismatched. Solothurn Garrison.
The 1896/11 rifle is a modernized version of the 1889 that was designed to handle the more powerful 7.5x55mm Swiss Gewehrpatrone 1911 (GP11) cartridge. GP11 has similar ballistic qualities to that of the 7.62x51mm NATO / .308 Winchester round. Other improvements were made in order to make the 1896/11 lighter and easier to handle, such as a new barrel and a 6 round capacity box magazine.