W+F Bern Swiss 96/11 - sn 3132xx
This Swiss 1896/11 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1905, is in good condition with 70% original finish. 3/5 Bore. 3/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. The bore is dull with mild pitting. The furniture has various handling marks, pressure marks and small gouges throughout. The stock's finish is worn on the underside. Bluing on receiver is worn, with some areas lighter than others. Finish is wearing on both barrel bands. The area between the trigger guard and the magazine on the trigger plate has heavy wear and is approaching white. Trigger guard has edge wear with thinning bluing and approaching white. Magazine base has almost no bluing remaining and is almost completely in the white, with some brown patina. Trigger and inside of the trigger guard has heavy surface frost. Receiver is P 51 stamped. Includes muzzle cover. C&R Eligible. 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.