W+F Bern Swiss 96/11 - sn 298xxx
This 96/11 infantry rifle is in excellent condition with 97% bluing (bluing refurbished). 5/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Receiver finish is very dark and consistent. Furniture has light handling marks overall, including some handling marks found on the left side of the stock rear of the finger groove. There are also a few dents in the wood: dent on the left side of the handguard extending slightly to the stock behind the rear barrel band; around 3 small, round dents on the left side of the stock near the butt; dent between the handguard and stock on the right side, forward of the rear barrel band. Receiver is P63 stamped. Includes muzzle cover and 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.