People sometimes replace the rear sight with a scope mount. The good news is a quick look online shows the rear sight selling for $20, the stock for $65, and a handguard for $25 app plus shipping. The price of M44s and M38s have been going up the last few years but I'd look around and see what a nice example costs in your area before pulling the trigger.
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