W+F Bern Swiss K31 - sn 782xxx
Swiss K31 Carbine, produced in 1943, in very good condition with 85% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 3/5 Stock. Stock non-matching serial number. Handguard matching serial number. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Furniture has handling marks throughout, including many pressure marks of varying severity and small gouges throughout. The previous owner had applied a clear coat onto the furniture. On the left side of the stock, just behind the front barrel band, is a large gouge that extends onto the handguard. There are several pressure marks along the wood line below the receiver, and a couple small gouges at the grip. On the right side of the stock, there are gouges and pressure marks below the comb and small but heavy pressure marks below the receiver that continue down the forend. The handguard also has many pressure marks of varying severity spread throughout.
The receiver bluing is fairly dark, with finish wear on the top and right side, near the Swiss shield, as well as finish wear on the rear left side. The rear barrel band has light patina, with a light a mount of finish wear on the right side and finish wear on the underside at the mounting screw. The front barrel band has a few spots of finish wear on the top, finish wear on the left side at the hinge, heavier finish wear on the right side at the mounting screw, and edge wear on the bayonet lug. The front sight has heavy finish wear. Trigger plate has dark bluing with a small mark of wear near the magazine catch. Edge wear on the trigger guard. Bluing on the magazine base is dark with some edge wear on the left and right sides.
Handguard has two competition participation stickers affixed to the top. The first sticker reads "28. Freiburger / Kantonalschützenfest / Region Murten 2009" and the second sticker reads "Tir Cantonal Vaudois / La Côte 2008".
Receiver is P stamped. Includes leather rifle 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.