Once these rifles were dropped on the battle field, they were reconditioned, date stamped, and put back into service to keep the illusion that the soviets actually had the capability to produce new weapons. (interesting historical fact).
ONE cool note to the story is that- in the Summer of 1982, I took the rifle to the gun show in Valdosta, Georgia- a gun dealer wanted to trade me the following for the rifle------M1911a1 still packed in cosmoline, 2- M1 Garand's still packed in cosmoline----for one rifle. Can't get the same deal today because of the abundance of the rifles on the market, however; I have had "serious" collectors from the former soviet union attempt to get the rifle due to it's historical significance. Now, it is just my Daddy's old rifle, sentimental being that he passed away. One day I will pass my collection off to my descendants. (drunk driver killed my dad which he was a -USMC career, 4x combat infantry Vietnam Vet, a Marine's tour was 14 months in Vietnam)