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I bought this stock at auction; seller had a partial 44 and split the stock and metal, he had no bayonet housing or handguard. The 44 was an early Koishikawa type 1, serial 23,898.

I 'needed' this for my # 26,180 bbl action I have been holding for wood. I still need a first type handguard to complete it.

Finish on the stock is excellent and the proofs remain in good detail. Since most of my other early rifles are well worn, I have not had the chance to see proofs this clear. There are a total of four, shown in the pictures below.

Maybe Edokko can translate the characters.

New info 10-22-2007
Top mark in the left picture is "Taka", the third is "Tomi".
 

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They are all initial character inspection marks. I can read "taka" and "tomi" and the other two are kind of blurred during the stamping, but they are all the early inspection marks.
 

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Nicely marked stock!
 

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Incidentally, the "Tomi" inspection mark is also seen on the T-30 rifles. It's a real early inspection mark.
 

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Edokko,
is the upper mark in the left picture 'taka'? and the third 'tomi'?
 

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Thanks again,
I have added this to the original post with the pictures.
 
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