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    K11 and K31 Refurbishment Advice

    I just obtained a K11 and a K31icon via auction today. I have never owned or handled one of these types of rifles before, let alone serviced or refurbished one. Every time I add a new piece to my collection, it gets dismantled and inspected for safety and preservation issues. I was wondering if anyone can please provide any advice reference what to look for and WHAT NOT TO DO when I am working on these rifles. I plan on watching the video at the top of this section posted by Badger as the starting point for preparing to work on these guns. As always, thank you for your assistance!

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    Actually, I need to make a correction. After getting both rifles home, what I thought was a K11 is actually a full sized 1911. They are both pretty interesting in their design and function so I am looking forward to servicing them.and getting them out to the range if I can find some ammo for them.

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    So your 'K11' would actually be either a 'G11' or 'G96/11', the way to tell between the two is the G96/11 will have a grafted pistol grip and a cupped buttplate instead of a flat buttplate. Many importers called 'G11s' and 'G96/11s', 'K11s' for whatever reason.

    They are fairly straight forward rifles to take apart once you understand how to disassemble the bolt. Not really much to avoid for the most part, they are very well made guns with very well thought out designs. Only thing that really matters and is different on these rifles than most is using a good grease on the bolt, not oil.

    The Swissicon also took excellent care of them so they tend to be in pretty good condition if they are as they left Switzerland. There also can be a 'Troop Tag' under the buttplate as well, so I would take a look under there, on my Swiss rifles my K31 and K11 have one but the rest don't. Just a neat bit of personalized history.

    I absolutely love these rifles, you made two great purchases from the sounds of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eaglelord17 View Post
    So your 'K11' would actually be either a 'G11' or 'G96/11', the way to tell between the two is the G96/11 will have a grafted pistol grip and a cupped buttplate instead of a flat buttplate. Many importers called 'G11s' and 'G96/11s', 'K11s' for whatever reason.

    They are fairly straight forward rifles to take apart once you understand how to disassemble the bolt. Not really much to avoid for the most part, they are very well made guns with very well thought out designs. Only thing that really matters and is different on these rifles than most is using a good grease on the bolt, not oil.

    The Swissicon also took excellent care of them so they tend to be in pretty good condition if they are as they left Switzerland. There also can be a 'Troop Tag' under the buttplate as well, so I would take a look under there, on my Swiss rifles my K31 and K11 have one but the rest don't. Just a neat bit of personalized history.

    I absolutely love these rifles, you made two great purchases from the sounds of it.
    Thank you sir, I just wanted to make sure I didn't screw anything up. The stock on the K31 is pretty chewed up so I am debating what to do with it. I'm tending toward leaving it as such and just cleaning it up. The G11 (thank you for setting me straight on that!) is in excellent condition and just needs to be serviced. Now I just have to find ammo for them!

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    SwissRifles

    A good site to visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGB-1 View Post
    SwissRifles

    A good site to visit.
    Thank you!

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