This 96/11 infantry rifle is in very good condition with 80% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Furniture has mostly light handling marks, with the exception of some dark scratching on the left side of the stock above the magazine and another gouge below the left side finger groove. Magazine base plate finish is worn. Receiver seems to have a thin layer of a grease that was applied by the previous owner. 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.