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So look what just came back into my care:
Is an Izmsh M44 carbine that a buddy of mine had tried to bubba into a psuedo scout rifle by hacking the barrel off behind the bayonet mount, replacing the rear sight with a crappy aluminum rail and mounting a cheap red dot on it.
This setup was shockingly enough, inaccurate as all hell and the muzzle blast from the ~17" bbl is a thing to behold even during the day. So once he grew frustrated with his abomination he sold it to me and I tried to turn it into something vaguely useful. I put the original rear sight back on and installed a new front sight, sanded the stock down and treated it with boiled linseed oil, polished the sear, shimmed the trigger spring and converted the bolt to cock-on-closing.
Is still an abomination but is slightly less ugly and markedly more useful.
Pretty nearly ten years ago my dad decided he wants to borrow it. He has a thing for M44's because he had claimed one as a battlefield pickup during the Rhodesian Bush War but had left it behind in South Africa when we moved here.
I more or less forgot about it until today when he comes over with it and a bag of venison. He bagged a deer with it this morning and now that he's scratched that itch I guess he's satisfied and so returned it to me.
Might eventually scare-up a new barrel and stock for it.