Very good condition with 85% original finish. 4/5 Bore, 4/5 Stock. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. This rifle was refurbished to its 1896/11 configuration in 1909. Stock has severe handling marks and large finish wear on the handguard towards the front band. The stock is stamped for the Canton of Vaud. Butt plate is in the white. Refurbished charging handle knob. Receiver is P.52 stamped. Includes muzzle cover and bayonet. Antique; No import engraving.
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.