W+F Bern Swiss 96 11 - sn 270xxx
Swiss 1896/11 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1901, in very good condition with 85% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 3/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Both charging handle knobs are cracked. The stock has typical military handling marks and has various light to mild pressure marks scattered throughout. Several heavy pressure marks found on the left side of the stock near the butt. There is a small gouge on the comb of the stock. Dark marking on the right side of the stock at the grip. Tiger stripe pattern on the handguard.
Receiver has light finish wear at the chamber and mild edge wear at the rear. Several surface marks noted at the rear of the loading slot. Rear barrel band has light finish wear and patina found on the right side at the mounting screw. Front barrel band has finish wear on all sides and edge wear on the bayonet lug. Trigger plate has moderate to heavy finish wear on the front half with patina, and the bluing thins significantly toward the rear and is nearly in the white. Heavy pitting on the trigger guard. Magazine bluing is thinning and has some light surface frost. Butt plate has mild to heavy pitting.
Receiver is P58 stamped. Includes muzzle cover and leather sling.
C&R Eligible. Discreet 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.