Very Good Condition with 85% Original Finish. Matching Bolt and Magazine S/N#. 5/5 Bore. P. Stamped. 54 Stamp. Stock has a leather medallion with marking "P. Dutoit, 1948. Moudon" for a gunsmith shop in Moudon CH. The stock comb is marked for the Canton of Solothurn. Handguard is non-matching.
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.