W+F Bern Swiss 96/11 - sn 317xxx
This 96/11 infantry rifle is in very good condition with 85% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Cracked charging handle knob. Receiver finish is lighter on the left side of the receiver near the serial number stamp and is worn on the right edge of the receiver, forward of the charging handle. Patina on the safety ring and charging handle. Edge wear on the trigger guard and the magazine base plate. Furniture has mostly light handling marks. Heavy dents are visible at the rear of the stock and on the pistol grip, consistent with military service; with the proper techniques, these dents may be resolved. Includes muzzle cover. P stamp on both the receiver and the barrel. 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.