Scarce Pre-1899 Schmidt-Rubin M1896/11 Rifle, 7.5 Swiss

A scarce Pre-1899 Swiss M1896/11 rifle. This 7.5×55 Schmidt-Rubin straight pull long rifle is very good+ condition. 30.7” barrel, blued finish, hardwood stock, blade front sight and adjustable tangent rear sight. Marked on receiver, barrel, right side buttstock, and small parts with Swiss cross. Mismatched serial numbers stamped on the buttplate and magazine. Less than 70% of the thinning and toning finish remaining on the metal and mottled color to the bolt. The bottom of the  magazine shows the most wear. The wood has some old dents and handling marks. The action is smooth and the bore is quite nice with some shine and distinct rifling. Receiver has import marks on the charging handle sleeve. This rifle’s serial number (21640X) places its date of manufacture in 1898 (They must have a serial # under 236,500 to be legally antique.) The serial number  has “P” suffix, indicating that this rifle was Privatized. Of all of the various Schmidt-Rubin straight-pull rifle variants, it is only the Model 1896 that is both Federally antique, yet also rated to safely handle the high-pressure 7.5×55  GP11 cartridge and modern commercial cartridges. I’ll leave the treasure hunt for a possible soldier’s name tag under the buttplate up to you. (GIAA-113)





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