W+F Bern Swiss 96/11 - sn 319xxx
This Swiss 1896/11 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1906, is in very good condition with 92% finish. 5/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Both charging handle knobs are cracked. Furniture is clean and has been armory refurbished; armory repairs are noted at the toe of the stock at the butt, as well as on the right side of the stock, adjacent to the trigger plate. Apart from the armory repairs, few handling marks are present, save for a few sporadic pressure marks, due to this refurbishment. The rifle's bluing has been refurbished as well by the armory. The receiver has very dark bluing but there are a few scratches that mar the finish. Both barrel bands have a dark finish with little wear. Trigger plate is very dark with l ittle wear. Trigger guard has minor edge wear. Magazine finish is very dark with little finish wear. Receiver is P 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.