This 96/11 infantry rifle 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. Cracked charging handle knob. Some tiger striping on stock. Stock has some handling marks found throughout, with a heavier concentration on the left side of the stock below the receiver, consistent with military service. Small gouge in the stock on the right side of the pistol grip insert. Dent in the handguard behind the rear barrel band. Receiver is P61 stamped. Includes muzzle cover and leather sling. 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.