W+F Bern Swiss 96/11 - sn 297xxx
This 96/11 infantry rifle is in good condition with 60% original finish. 4/5 Bore. 3/5 Stock. Stock and handguard match serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Receiver is P stamped. Includes muzzle cover and leather sling. Discrete import engraving.
Handling wear found throughout stock and handguard. Pistol grip is separating from the stock on the right side. Magazine base plate is polished and in the white. Metal hardware on the handguard against the rear sight is in the white, but both barrel bands still maintain good amount of blue. The receiver's finish is worn and approaches the white as you move forward down the receiver.
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.