TOOK MY "NEW" 1948 RUSSIAN M44 TO THE INDOOR
RANGE MONDAY. PICKED IT UP SATURDAY AT THE AKRON GUN SHOW. A QUICK CLEANING SHOWED IT TO BE AN UNFIRED RIFLE. NICE STOCK, BEAUTIFUL DEEP BLUEING AND A SHINNY, SHARP BORE. THINGS WERE LOOKING GOOD FOR MY $93. SETTING UP A TARGET AT 25 YARDS, I SETTLED IN AT THE BENCH TO SEE HOW IT WOULD SHOOT. LINING UP THE LARGE CRISP SIGHTS, I STARTED TO TAKE UP THE CREEP IN THE TRIGGER. IT BROKE AT AROUND 6 LBS, NOT BAD FOR A MIL-SUP RIFLE. BOOM
MY GOD WHAT WAS THAT! ARE WE BEING ATTACKED? WHY CAN'T I SEE? WHY IS EVERYONE LOOKING AT ME? WHAT HAPPENED?
Sorry about yelling. I was warned that I might not want to shoot this thing indoors. To say it's loud or has some muzzle flash would be like saying the Rockettes show a little leg.
This thing make 3" 12ga slugs seem like a fun round off the bench. Wow what a hand full, and what fun! The next 4 rounds were just as loud and each left me blind for a moment, but when I looked down range I saw a small, ragged, single hole.
I have to say that at $93 I was wondering what kind of rifle my money was buying. I know now. What a deal! The workmanship is top notch. The ammo is powerful and inexpensive and the rifle shoots better than I had any right to expect. I really believe that 2" groups or less are a real possibility at 100 yards.
If you get the chance to pick up a M44 in great shape for less than $100, do it. You won't be sorry, unless you don't believe the warnings about shooting it indoors.