This 96/11 infantry rifle is in good condition with 60% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 2/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Receiver has some light pitting. Magazine finish is worn and is in the white. Furniture exhibits signs of use and rough handling; there is a heavy gouge on the left side of the stock near the toe; previous owner attempted to repair a gouge on the left side of the stock below the receiver with what appears to be putty; there is an unrepaired crack, perpendicular to the barrel, on the left side of the stock directly in the middle of the two barrel bands. P 33 stamped receiver. Includes 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.