I have an old Mauser 98, that I bought a few years ago. It is stamped "Made in Turkey" on the barrel, along with the importer, CAI of St. Albans, VT (my home state). I'm curious about the numbers stamped on it...first on the "ring"(?) around the chamber, where Springfields have their serials, etc. stamped, this one has an odd logo that looks something like a superimposed A T and F, and below it it says "1954". That couldn't be a date, could it? Especially not of manufacture, I shouldn't think. Below that, above the line of the stock on the left side, it says "1861", and behind that on the side of the action it says "98. Th.". Of these all, the only one that seems to make any obvious sense is the "98". Now, what I really wonder about is the safety lever...it is in the usual location, but sticks out to the RIGHT side of the action, not the left, like on my 1903, and most other Mausers (as far as I know...). Not only that, but rather than flipping 90deg up to put "on safe", it only moves about 20deg, if that. This DOES put it "on safe", and it clicks into a notch there, but it is only that little movement. Let's say that it takes the slightest brush of your hand to knock it back down into "fire" position...seems kind of pointless. I'm assuming that it's some sort of modification, but I can't think of WHY they'd make such a poor design. It also says "Mark II"...is this like the trigger on my AK, put there to meet some import laws?