I had been holding out for one of these bad boys, but I couldn't resist buying one today... I found a gunshop that has 2 full crates of Mosin 91/30s for a great price. I got to pick my rifle, and I got free accessories all for the price of what my buddy paid for just his 91/30 itself (NO sling, bayonet, cleaning kit tools, oil can, ammo pouch). I know I could have ordered one online for cheaper, but I'm happy that I got to pick my new baby, and I'm happy that I got the extras for free. Plus, if anything goes wrong with it, I have a gunshop I can get it serviced at for free.
The rifle I got is an Izhevsk 1942 with matching numbers (I'm assuming force matched... considering the bolt handle on my rifle has a Tula star...). They had a bucket of spike bayonets to choose from, and luckily I was able to find the bayo that matches my rifle's serial number. I know the odds suck, but I can't help but hope that my rifle saw action at the famous battles of Stalingrad, Berlin, etc.
Its really cold and flurries are flying today.... Could anyone ask for a more perfect day to shoot a Russian rifle for the first time?! I will clean the rifle, shoot it, take pics and report back!