This 96/11 infantry rifle, produced in 1908, is in very good condition with 90% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Charging handle knob is cracked. Bluing on both barrel bands is very dark; they may have been refinished at some point. Furniture is very clean with only light handling wear. Comb of the stock is stamped with an identifying number "51279", however as previously noted the serial number stamped inside the stock does match the receiver serial number. Receiver finish is dark, with bluing wear on the left and right side. Bluing finish on the barrel shank is light. Trigger guard and magazine base plate are in the white, and the trigger plate is mostly in the white. Receiver is P 55 stamped. Includes muzzle cover and leather sling. C&R eligible. Discreet 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.