My Mosin is sporterized. By someone else. Barrel is cut down, and original stock cut down. It has the original rear sight, but a custom front sight to accomadate the cut down.
We (my family used it as a beater gun.) And it did get abused. Well I ended up with it, and am currently refinishing the stock, and the gun itself. I still shoot it. In the last ten years a whopping 200 rounds.
These are fun guns to shoot. The best time to shoot is at dusk. That 7.62X54R throws a flame about 5 foot long and 2 foot in diameter.