Marke Eiche Model 101 Rifle
Marke Eiche Model 101 rifle in caliber 6mm Flobert.
This is a Marke Eiche Model 101 rifle in caliber 6mm Flobert. It's a small varmit and close target gun. At the time, Flobert cartridges were cheap and quiet because they used the primer as the main propellant. This one looks to have been made in 1936 and is in the 101,000 serial number range. It has a simple bolt, an extractor and no safety. All metal is blued except for the bolt, extractor and trigger which were left bright. It is rifled as you can see in one of the photos. There are German commercial proof marks on the bolt, barrel and receiver.
The Marke Eiche name and Oak leaf with acorns logo are stamped on the top of the receiver. I believe Marke Eiche means Oak Brand, hence the leaf and acorns. They made several types of small rifles, actually, I'm not sure if Marke Eiche manufactured these or had them manufactured under their name. These rifles are very similar to the J.G. Anschutz 6mm and 9mm rifles of the same period.
There were more, but from the information I have gathered so far, from the 1920's thru the 1940's, the Marke Eiche small rifle types seen were as follows.
Model 100, Caliber 6mm Glatt --- Smooth bore for shotshell.
Model 101, Caliber 6mm Flobert --- Rifled bore for BB or CB.
Model 102, Caliber 9mm Glatt --- Smooth bore for shotshell.
Model 104, Caliber 6mm Glatt --- Smooth bore for shotshell.
Model 105, Caliber .22 Short --- Rifled bore for 22 Short.
(Glatt means smooth)
I have seen the 6mm Flobert BB & CB caps and 9mm Glatt new production cartridges available, but not the 6mm Glatt.