Swiss Rifles for Sale

I have a couple Swiss straight-pull rifles more than I need, so I’m selling a couple to put money into other things. If you’re interested in any of them, please email me at admin@forgottenweapons.com – thanks!

SOLD PENDING FUNDS – Gewehr 1889 (#1). The Gewehr 1889 was the Swiss replacement for the Vetterli, and the first Schmidt-Rubin straight-pull design adopted. It uses a fixed 12-round magazine and is chambered for the 7.5×53.5mm GP90 cartridge. It is not safe to use with modern GP11 ammunition (although Swiss military regulation did allow its use in emergencies), but the 7.5×55 brass need only be trimmed down a hair to be used for handloading a model 1889 rifle. This makes the 1889 a pretty easy rifle to produce ammunition for (standard bullets and powder, and easily-acquired modern brass). Since production of the 1889 pattern rifles ended in 1897, all of the are legally considered non-gun antiques, and can be shipped directly to you without needing an FFL.

This particular Gewehr 1889 is in great shape, with an outstanding bore and no mechanical issues. The trigger is crisp and light, the magazine cutoff works smoothly and easily. This rifle was manufactured in 1893, and is marked “P07” on the receiver, indicating that in 1907 is was removed from military service and sold to a reservist. Asking $350 shipped.

SOLD PENDING FUNDS – Gewehr 1889 (#2). Same type of rifle as above. It also has an outstanding bore and a light and crisp trigger letoff. This one was also manufactured in 1893, and the stock has canton markings that I have not identified. Asking $350 shipped for this one.

SOLD PENDING FUNDS – First up, an Infantrie-Gewehr M96/11. This was an 1896-pattern rifle retrofitted to the 1911 pattern, to use the 6-round detachable magazine, the new GP11 cartridge, updated sights, and other improvements. I have not shot this particular one, but they have an outstanding reputation for accuracy thanks to excellent sights, a free-floating barrel, and excellent trigger.This 96/11 has a good bore (not perfect; it is shiny but does appear to have some pitting) and is missing the barrel band retaining clip (see photos). The bolt is a bit stiff to operate; it could use a good cleaning. It is marked “LUZERN” on the stock, from when it was issued to the Reserve. In addition, it is marked “P38”, indicating that in 1938 it was taken out of military service and purchased by the reservist to whom it had been issued. Lots of history in this rifle!

This particular one is serial number 231819, which places its original manufacture date as 1898 and makes it a non-gun antique. Of all the legally “non-gun” rifles available that fire modern ammunition, the Swiss M96/11 is undoubtedly one of the finest and most inherently accurate. Asking $450 shipped; no FFL needed.

SOLD PENDING FUNDS – K31 carbine. This K31 was manufactured in 1935 (only the third year of production), and has a superb bore and some very pretty stripes on one side of the walnut stock. It is missing the rear action screw. It does have the name tag under the buttplate from the Swiss reservist who carried it. The tang is marked “59”, indicating that it was refurbished at Bern in 1959. The most modern of the Swiss straight-pull rifles, the K31 is handy, accurate, and reliable. Asking $375 shipped.