Here is an interesting piece. I have not completely researched this arm as of yet as I have only had it in my possession for a week. Yes, believe it or not, I found it at a local gun store that specializes in Class 3 and assault weapons. The guy really wanted it out of his shop.... :-) .
So here is what I know, IMMAN MEFFERT , SUHL is imprinted on the barrel. The center rib is also marked Carl Stiegele, Munchen , OBERLAND. Horn trigger guard and buttplate There are two serial numbers on the receiver; 65XXX and 15XXX. Not sure I cannot find a date under the barrel but I am certain without a doubt this is pre-war but I am guessing approximate date in the late 20 or early 30s??
After some quick googling, I found the following information from the following URL:
The company Stiegele Jagd has been founded in 1837 by Carl Stiegele in Munich. During the 19th century, Stiegele manufactured high-quality hunting weapons for the Bavarian royal house and the higher ranks of the German nobility. In Munich, Stiegele ran a shop in Maximilianstrasse as well as a production of hunting weapons and ammunition. The company became rifle manufacturer for the Bavarian royal court. As noted personalities as Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria and the author Ludwig Thoma counted among it's clients. The company reached worldwide importance far beyond the gates of Munich with it's Feuerstutzenrifles and it's 4mm-Sport-Rifles-Stiegele-Patent.
The production of high-quality hunting weapons in Munich was maintained in third generation until 1927 by Carl Stiegele (Jnr.). His excessive lifestyle lead to the sale of the company in 1927. Stiegele Jagd became the property of RWS. Stiegele had an outstandingly good projectile production and was therefore of very high importance for the ammunition manufacturer RWS. When, after the end of World War II, the production and the sale of weapons were allowed again, Stiegele was taken over by Victor Brandl senior. In the middle of the 60s, Victor Brandl senior became famous far beyond the limits of Munich with the production of an over-and-under double rifle for deer with freefloating barrels. The further development of this rifle is still produced as model K 80 by the company Krieghoff.
The weapon business Stiegele Jagd had finally been taken over at the beginning of the 80s by Victor Brandl (Jnr.). At the end of the 80s, the company moved from Maximilianstrasse to the actual location in Pfarrstrasse 8. In the middle of the 80s already, Victor Brandl (Jnr.) started with auctions of luxury hunting weapons in addition to the sale of weapons. Today - nearly 20 years later - the Munich auctions on hunting weapons became a recognized institution in Europe and the world. Since 2003, Dr. Thomas Aschenbrenner is responsible together with Victor Brandl (Jnr.) for the success of the company. This ensures the future preservation of the good name and the tradition of Stiegele for the coming decades.
Needless to say, I am proud to own this 16 x 16 x 7x57r . I cannot wait to take it out.
***Question for the board is what exactly should the scope mount look like? I have seen these bases before and they appear to be ~ 14.5mm or 15mm in width. All thoughts here are greatly welcome.
***An interested party emailed me and asked if the receiver was aluminum? I just checked with a magnet and it sticks so the answer is no. Interesting enough though, IMMAN MEFFERT I found was a key gun maker in SUHL. From what I have been told, he was the first gunmaker to introduce aluminum receivers into gunmanufacturing.
***Another interested individual emailed me to check for a manufacture date. The only semblance of a date or number under the barrel is 140. If this is the date of January 1940, then the excerpt above from Carl Stiegele would not make sense unless he bought arms from the guild and relabled them under the Carl Stielgele brand or store? Not enough information on this yet to make a hypothesis.