They must have been a few of these brought to Iowa. Don't see many listed in other areas. The Des Moines Gun show does have some interesting things that come out of the wood work.
I wonder if the navy will ever get rid of those M44's or will they send them to Rock Island to be distroyed like so many 45's and other rifles were over the years.
I knew one of the guys that was on the small arms distruction crew at Rock Island years ago. They watch them like a hawk while they worked listing every SR# and making sure nothing was listed that might Disappear, if you know what I mean....