update 01/22/07 Got to shoot it this past Saturday and was very please with the way it shot. The recoil was solid but not sharp. It was a bit cold after a long day of rabbit hunting but we put about 40 rounds through it.
I had read that the M44 was designed and sighted in for being shot with the bayonet open and if you shot it with the bayonet closed it would change the point of impact. Had no idea it would change as much as it did. The next two picture show what I mean. The left picture is a 5 round group I shot with the bayonet open. The target spot is a 3.5 inch target and we were shooting at about 50yards. The right target is a 5 shot group my dad shot with the bayonet folded. His hits are in the read circles with the point of aim indicated. The other bullet holes are from the Mauser we were also shooting that afternoon.
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I picked this M44 carbine up at a recent gun show. I was somewhat tempted to get a M91/30 but since I already have that old Argentine 1891 Mauser I figured I didn't need another pike length rifle so I got the carbine. At $75 dollars I think I did pretty well on the price. I got to pick through about 10 guns and think I got a pretty nice one. It came with a sling, cleaning tools, and a two pocket belt pouch.
Right now the page is primarily just a bunch of pictures. I will hopefully add more pertinent text and maybe a few video of it in action later. Enough rambling here are a few pictures, click on them for a larger view.
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