W+F Bern Swiss K31 Private Series - sn P401xxx
Swiss K31 Carbine, produced in 1940, in very good condition with 85% original finish. 3/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Dull bore with light pitting throughout. Beautiful tiger stripe pattern throughout the stock. The left side of the stock has a pressure mark just forward of the grip but otherwise the handling wear is limited to the typically expected light marks. On the right side of the stock there is some gouging at the grip, moderate wear at the butt, and the previous owner had carved out an area around the cheek piece to allow for the rear sling mount to be relocated to the right side of the stock. There is also a gouge to the right of the created sling mount. On the underside of the stock, there is a small scuff mark at the toe and a couple of heavy pressure marks to the left of the trigger plate's rear screw. Handguard has some light scuffing behind the front barrel band.
Receiver has fairly dark bluing. There is some light speckling in the finish on the top from previous surface frost. Rear barrel band has light patina and finish wear on the underside at the mounting screw. The front barrel band also has patina, as well as finish wear on the left side at the hinge, light finish wear on top, finish wear on the right side at the mounting screw, and edge wear on the bayonet lug. Trigger plate has good cluing. Trigger guard has dark bluing with moderate edge wear. Bluing on the base of the magazine has patina and heavy edge wear on the left and right sides. Includes leather sling. C&R Eligible. Discreet import engraving.
The Karabiner Model 1931 (K31) is a magazine fed, straight pull, bolt action rifle chambered in 7.5x55mm Swiss Gewehrpatrone 1911 (GP11) that was the standard issue rifle of the Swiss Armed Forces from 1933 through 1958. The K31 was made by Eidgenossische Waffenfabrik Bern, a Swiss federal armory, and is one of the last carbines employed by the Swiss military that is based on the designs by Schmidt and Rubin.