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The stock has the usual assorted dents and dings, and a repair at the front close to the bayonet lug.

The interesting thing about this rifle is that the stock is marked with a boxed "OGEK" stamp.

Elmer Keith was the chief inspector at that arsenal and he may have inspected these Japanese weapons and stamped them with his inspector`s stamp.

We have heard of a very few examples, possibly not enough to give credence to it being a counterfeit stamp and garage production - as there would be more of them in existence.

SMOF6935 - MYSTERY "OGEK" (ELMER KEITH) STAMPED JAPANESE TYPE 38 "ARISAKA" 6.5 X 50MM RIFLE MADE AT KOISHIKAWA WITH INTACT MUM, CLEANING ROD AND DUST COVER - Serial number 1861350, made at Koishikawa (Tokyo) Arsenal, which made all the Type 38 rifles and carbines from their adoption in 1906 until 1929.

During that period serial numbers ran sequentially from 1 up into the 2 million range, without a "series" symbols, which began in 1933.

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We have done some research and found that this is not the only example of an Arisaka rifle with an "OGEK" stamping that has been found.

The theory is that a number of examples were obtained and funnelled through the ordnance channels back to Ogden Arsenal.

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