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This is a gun with interesting history - the following is from Russian-mosin-nagant.com:
Data & Facts:
Produced from 1943 - 1948
Arsenals - Ishevsk,Tula (Tula M44's considered rare)
War year models feature a bayonet mount with one "ear" - post war has two. Many war year production M44's had laminated stocks.
The M/44 was the natural extension of the M38 carbine. Soviet battle experiences showed that the M91/30 was still too long of a rifle to be practical in urban and confined war fighting environments. Bolotin, in his book, Soviet Small Arms and Ammunition -reported that a number of requests had been made for an improved infantry weapon. Several sources indicate that although a carbine was desired, the troops wanted to also have the benefit of being able to utilize a bayonet. Unlike the M91/30, the Soviets came up with a unique solution, a side mounted, permanently affixed folding bayonet. The bayonet was a cruciform spiked affair with a point shaped like a screw driver. It was extended by pulling down on the guard and rotating it up and letting it seat on the muzzle. To collapse it, one simply pulled it up and rotated it back into it's stored position on the right side of the weapon.
The M/44 stock was mostly a shortened version of the M91/30 and later was produced in a laminated version. Production of the carbine was started in 1943 for prototypes and trials, and continued under license in the satellite Soviet states and China well into the 50's. By 1944, the development of the 7.62x39mm M43 round was underway and new auto-loading rifles were making their appearance. The Model 1944 features a folding bayonet that replaced the detachable type on older models. As late as the Viet Nam War, the Type 53 (Chinese) was standard issue to the Viet Cong. Polish examples of this rifle were captured in Granada during the invasion by U.S. Troops. More recently, M44's have seen service in the Balkans and Chechnya as well as during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
Weight (unloaded): 3850 kg.
Barrel: 517mm, 4 groove, right-hand twist
Magazine: 5 round integral box
Rate of Fire: Bolt-action, 10 - 12 rounds per minute
Caliber: 7.62x54Rmm vintovochnyi patron obr 1891g
Muzzle Velocity: 820 mps
This is a Mosin-Nagant Model 1944 Rifle in very good condition. Looks plenty nice for collectors and works quite well for shooters. The caliber is 7.62x54R, similar to NATO but the R stands for Russian (the cartridge has a ridge around the back rather than a groove as on the NATO round). I have shot this rifle well over 100 yards to a target I could barely see (open sights) and the accuracy astonished me, despite the heavy kick this rifle gives you. The bore shows some corrosion (pitting) from age but it is light and evenly distributed, in my opinion still very good condition for a rifle of this vintage.
Smooth bolt action, 5-round magazine loaded from the top either with or without a clip. Elevation adjustable sight. Side-folding bayonet and slots for sling attachment.
Accessories Included: Leather sheath
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