Very Good condition with 80% Original Finish. 5/5 Bore. Handguard does not match the serial number. The stock is a blonde color with long wavy grains. P. Stamped. The sling is dated from 1898.
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.