This just arrived in the mail from SOG. It's a 1941 dated rifle that looks extremely rough in terms of finishing... This rifle was made when the Soviets were struggling against the Germans and being pushed back to the gates of Moscow. The finishing definitely shows that they were only concerned with rushing soldiers, arms, and equipment to the front.
The rifle appears to be all serial numbers matching except for the butt plate and all Izhevsk except for the rear barrel band spring. It also has a field repair by the nose cap, and a crack in the stock by the butt plate... I'm really happy with this rifle. It shows A LOT of character... I just wish it could talk!
I stripped down the rifle and found an area of rust under the wood line, but it wasn't too bad and was easy to neutralize.
I am giving this rifle to my best friend for Christmas. I want him to learn the rifle, so it's still covered in cosmoline. However, it appears that the bore is in good shape... just swimming in orange stuff!
So, what do you folks think?
Thanks in advance for your time and consideration!