W+F Bern Swiss K31 - sn 688xx3
Swiss K31 Carbine, produced in 1942, in very good condition with 85% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Furniture has typical military handling marks, as well as several gouges and heavy pressure marks. On the left side of the stock, there is a heavy gouge on the bottom left edge of the finger groove and a gouge to the left of that. Forward of the grip is a heavy gouge, a smaller gouge, and a heavy pressure mark just in front of the grip. Below the comb are a couple of lighter pressure marks. To the right of the rear sling mount are two light gouges. On the right side of the stock there are several pressure marks around the edge and in front of the finger groove. There are a few flecks of white paint at the rear of the stock. The comb of the stock has several dents and two marks of white paint transfer. On the underside of the stock at the toe are the typical wear marks from military service and a few marks of white paint transfer. The handguard has a gouge on the top side in between the base of the handguard and the rear barrel band.
Receiver bluing overall is lightly thinning, with edge wear around the loading slot and finish wear at the rear on the top and left sides. Rear barrel band has light finish wear on the top side and on the underside at the mounting screw. Front barrel band also has light finish wear on the top side, and edge wear on the left side at the hinge, right side at the mounting screw, and edge wear on the underside at the bayonet lug. Trigger plate has light finish wear. Trigger guard has edge wear favoring the right side. Bluing on the magazine base is thinning and has edge wear on the left and right sides.
No P stamp. Tang stamped with "53" indicating factory refurbishment in 1953.
Includes muzzle cover and 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.