This finely crafted commercial rifle is similar in operation to the Czech ZB vz 26 light machine gun, designed by a membe of the same family, Emmanuel Holek. It has a 20.5 inch barrel, a drift adjustable patridge front sight, and a drift adjustable rear sight. The left side of the barrel is marked with the serial number followed by the proofing year 39 (1939); the right side is marked with the 8×57 caliber. The rear of the receiver is marked with the circular Holek logo overlying “Original Holek Automat.” A tipping bolt locks into a recess milled into the top of the action, actuated by pulling on the operating rod located under the forward portion of the stock. Detachable box magazine. European walnut stock with separate checkered panels in front, checkering at wrist, left-sided cheekpiece, and a finely serrated buttplate. Major components blued, polished bolt and magazine are both in the white. Ownership escutcheon just above toe, includes a count’s crown surmounting the initials “N.V.” Disassembly is straightforward, the same as found in other Holek rifles, following removal of the locking pin at rear of action.
Rare and exotic Czech semi automatic Holek Automat rifle, pre-WWII.
VG+ as partially restored. The barrel and action retain the majority of their original blue. The stock has been refinished, stains around screw escutcheons, and glued/epoxy repair at front of buttstock just behind the trigger guard. Bolt and magazine have been polished. Bright bore with sharp rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. Scarce in its own right, this is the only Holek rifle I am aware of that has a separated forearm.