This 96/11 infantry rifle is in very good condition with 90% original finish. 3/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard match serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Bore has light pitting. Receiver is P stamped. Includes muzzle cover and leather sling. Leather sling is stamped with "F.GREUB" "SATTLER" and "LOTZWYL" on three separate lines. 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.