I broke down and decided to pick up the 1943 M44. As i mentioned before and as some may know its one of the 50000 trial gun issued to front line troop to test the new bayonet design on the carbine. Needless to say the design was a success and immediately put into production and adopted in 1944. Some asked for some detailed photos so here they are. If someone could also explain some of the stock markings that would be great. It does appear to be refurbished and all serial #'s besides the receiver are electro pencilled, no stamped out numbers, Possibly all original parts?
Bore is dark and rifling is pretty worn out but pretty typical of russian surplus. Hopefully take it to the range tomorrow to see how it fires.
Heres all the markings i could find
Some moderate pitting on the barrel that was ground off and repainted during refurbishment?
Hope you guys enjoy