Originally Posted by Wiebelhaus
Holy cow man!, I've been kicking around the idea of getting one, talking with my wife about it she even said "that's cool! why don't you order one" I should probably jump on that but I'm still uncertain about it, think I'd rather wait till I can pick one in person.
Definitely pick one out in person.
You gain a major advantage in rifle quality.
I was lucky, in getting a mint M44 as my first. But it
set the tone for my other Mosin acquisitions, and now
I have a nice quality selection of good condition M/Ns,
all with matching serial #s.
Much of what you see in the difference between
the "internet cost" and a LGS, on a M/N is shipping
and FFL fees, which are hidden, in the "only 89.95$!"
till you are ready to actually send it to your FFL.