W+F Bern Swiss 96 11 - sn 302xxx
Very Good Condition with 85% Original Finish. Matching Bolt and Magazine S/N#. 4/5 Bore. Walnut stock with long grain patterns. Furniture has a glossy finish. Some rough handling marks found in the stock, including some heavier pressure marks and a few scattered gouges. Receiver bluing is dark, with finish wear at the front and rear of the receiver. Rear barrel band has worn bluing with patina. Front barrel band has fairly dark bluing, with wear on the left side at the hinge
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.