W+F Bern Swiss 96/11 - sn 218xxx
This 96/11 infantry rifle is in Very Good condition with 91% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Bluing on receiver is dark and consistent. Handguard metal hardware in front of the rear sight has been polished and is in the white. Stock has handling marks throughout, consistent with military service. There is a small gouge in the stock on the right side underneath the bolt release lever, as well as a scratch on the right side of the stock, rear of the finger groove. Charging handle knob is cracked. Receiver is P63 stamped. Includes leather sling. 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.