7.5 x 53.5mm
Serial No: P2475
Very Rare Model 1889/96 Rifle - Obsolete Calibre.
+++ History +++
Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889
Officially adopted in 1889, the Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889
was the result of several years of testing.
In 1882 Eduard Rubin began testing the first small-caliber copper-jacketed
bullet which could successfully withstand high velocities.
In 1885, this round was combined with Rudolf Schmidt's
first straight-pull action.
The straight-pull action relied upon an actuating rod,
set in a channel to the right of the breech, to rotate the bolt though
helical channel cut in the bolt sleeve. Twin locking lugs were positioned
midway through the bolt sleeve, locking the bolt into the receiver
directly above the trigger.
Over the next three years both the rifle design and cartridge
were refined. The final result was adopted on June 26, 1889.
The Model 1889 was chambered for the 7.5x53.5 round (GP90) with a 213
grain paper patched round producing
a velocity of 1935fps. The cartridges were held in a detachable magazine
holding 12 rounds.
Production ceased in 1897, with approximately 211,890 rifles being produced.
Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889/96
Even before the Model 1889 entered service, the Swiss
Rifle Technical Commission had reservations about the strength of the
Model 1889s action.
In 1888 they requested Col. Schmidt to redesign the Model 1889 action
by moving the locking lugs forward on the bolt sleeve.
However, Colonel Rudolph Schmidt, then the Director of Armament Manufacturing,
refused the request, claiming such a change was “not feasible.
As the Model 1889 entered service, the Rifle Commissions fears were realized,
it became apparent the rear mounted locking lugs of the Model 1889 were
problematic. On November 3, 1892, Col. Vogelsang was assigned the task
of designing three rifles with improved actions.
Col. Vogelsang’s, along with the assistance of his co-worker Rebholz,
designs were developed to move the locking lugs from the rear of the bolt
sleeve to the front of the bolt sleeve. These changes weren’t quite
simple becasue it required a redesign of the bolt (including the bolt
sleeve, firing pin and firing pin spring), receiver, and the stock.
It was determined that it would be impractical to attempt
to convert the existing Model 1889s to the new action type, thus a new
rifle model was required.
Thus on July 31, 1896, a new rifle, designated the Model 1889/96 was approved
Capacity - 12 round detachable box magazine
Sights - Quadrant sight graduated to 2000m
Total Production : 137,050
This is a a very good example of the Very Rare
Model 1889/96 Rifle
Serial Number P2475
Has Factory lead seals attached to the front sling swivel, magazine is
Nearly all of the 1889/96 were converted into Model 1896/11 in the 1910s.
Of the 137,000 89/96s produced, only 1,280 remained in their original
The survival rate of the 1889/96 Rifles is very low
Comes complete with its original muzzle cap
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