W+F Bern Swiss 96/11 w/ Matching Bayonet - sn 292xxx
Swiss 1896/11 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1903, in very good condition with 90% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Handling marks in the furniture, including heavy pressure marks found on the butt of the stock. There is also a scuff on the right side of the stock near the butt. There is a red stain from some sort of paint remnant, visible on the left and right sides of the stock and handguard, in front of the rear barrel band. There is a long scratch on the left side of the stock, running from the top wood line to the trigger plate. Receiver has dark bluing with a few small marks in the metal. Bluing on the barrel shank is thinning. Rear barrel band has dark bluing with finish wear on the right side at the screw and on the underside at the sling mount. Rear barrel band spring has little bluing remaining. Front barrel band also has dark bluing with finish wear on the right side at the mounting screw. Dark patina on the safety ring as well as on the charging handle. Trigger plate has fairly dark bluing with a slight patina. Trigger guard has edge wear. Bluing on magazine base also has edge wear. Receiver is P 63 stamped. Includes muzzle cover.
Includes model 1889 bayonet with matching serial number. Bayonet includes scabbard without leather frog. Patina on some areas of the scabbard. Scabbard has worn bluing around the leather tongue.
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.