This 96/11 infantry rifle is in very good condition with 90% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Charging handle knob is cracked. Furniture has light handling marks throughout the wood, including some dents in the stock at the comb as well as some marks on the left side of the stock below the receiver. Butt plate is polished and in the white. Trigger guard bluing is darker than the trigger plate. Edge wear on magazine base plate. Receiver is P 56 stamped. 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.