This 96/11 infantry rifle is in very good condition with 85% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. There is a small dent on the right side of the stock above the pistol grip, a few small marks on the underside at the toe and a few scratches above the right side finger groove. Scratch on the left side of the stock, to the rear of the pistol grip near the comb. Receiver finish is worn near the front of the receiver and also has some uneven finish wear to the rear of the receiver. Finish is worn on the magazine base plate and the trigger guard. Receiver is P53 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.