This 96/11 infantry rifle is in very good condition with 85% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 3/5 Stock. Stock and receiver matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Receiver is P51 stamped. Includes muzzle cover and leather sling. Discrete import engraving.
Furniture overall is in fine condition with relatively light handling marks overall, but the presence of a crack on the left side of the stock near where the receiver meets the stock drops the stock grading from 5/5 to 3/5. This is visible in the product photo as the black mark on the left side of the stock. This crack is fairly short in length and runs parallel with 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.