Excellent Condition with 95% Original finish. All S/N numbers matching. 5/5 Bore. The stock shows it's garrison marks from Neuchatel. The stock is a beautiful blonde color with long grains and is in excellent condition. The blueing is an amazing deep color with very little wear at all. P.17 Stamped. The sling is made in 1917.
The 1896/11 rifle is an upgraded and 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 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.