W+F Bern Swiss K31 - sn 523xxx
Swiss K31 Carbine, produced in 1934, in very good condition with 80% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 5/5 Stock. Stock and handguard both non-matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Furniture has a beautiful quality, with both long wood grain patterns and tiger striping in both the stock and handguard. There are some pressure marks in a few areas. On the left side of the stock, there is a long pressure mark just below the handguard, to the left of the finger groove. There are also some pressure marks below and to the right of the finger groove. On the right side of the stock is a scuff below the comb, a flattened spot on the right side of the finger groove, and a small pressure mark to the left of the rear barrel band. There are several small pressure marks near the rear barrel band. On the underside of the stock, there are a series of pressure marks near the rear barrel band spring and there is a "D." painted in white next to the trigger plate. Butt plate has heavy rust and pitting.
Receiver has edge wear around the loading slot, heavy finish wear across the top and on the left side, and edge wear on the right side. Bluing on the rear barrel band is heavily worn and is approaching white. The mounting screw has also been replaced and is a hex drive screw rather than the original slotted screw. Front barrel band has dark bluing, with light edge wear on the left side at the hinge, light edge wear on the right on the mounting screw, and finish wear on the bayonet lug. The trigger plate has dark bluing, with a small mark of finish wear near the magazine catch. Trigger guard has edge wear. Bluing on the base of the magazine is heavily worn. Receiver is P stamped. Soldier's tag found under butt plate. Includes muzzle cover.
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.