W+F Bern Swiss 96/11 - sn 248xxx
This 96/11 infantry rifle is in very good condition with 85% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Patina on trigger guard, with worn bluing. Patina on safety ring and charging handle. Charging handle knob is cracked. Stock has a rough handling mark on the right side, forward of the rear barrel band, as well as on the underside of the handguard rear of the front barrel band. Furniture has small handling marks scattered throughout. Receiver is P 38 stamped. Includes muzzle cover. 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.