This 96/11 infantry rifle is in very good condition with 90% bluing. 5/5 Bore, 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Receiver finish is dark with minimal edge wear. Light edge wear on the trigger guard. Part of the magazine's finish is worn. Stock has light handling marks, with a small scratch in the wood found on the left side, rear of the pistol grip and some scuffing on the right side of the stock near the butt. Stock has some wear to the finish on the edge of the left side at the butt. Handguard exhibits a few dents and some handling marks. Receiver is P 38 stamped. Includes muzzle cover and leather sling. Discrete 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.