I got my M44 Tuesday from J&G Sales, and my first thought when I pulled it out of the box was "Oh crap". My eyes went straight to the scuffs, gouges, and overall condition of the stock. I knew the newer imports had rough stocks, but I had never seen one in person. I then checked the year, and I got exactly what I wanted a wartime (1944) Izhevsk, and all matching as well! The tang date was also 1944 Izhevsk. The markings were well stamped an clear. It, of course, had the large billboard import stamp on the left side (PW Arms), which I don't have a problem with. It's an arsenal refurb, as suspected, and as refurbs go, this one had average (good) finish. The bore was icky at first, but after a good cleaning it looks a lot better with light debris, dark grooves, strong overall rifling, and no counterbore. The bayonet, from what I can tell, is an early variant, it doesn't have the cut on the outside of the mounting ring to aid the locking of the bayonet to the outward position, and has the single ear. Also, if you ever want to take your bayonet off, think twice!, I took mine off because it felt sticky when being deployed, and after a good cleaning, a wrestling/try to to get impaled match broke out between me and the bayonet. But after 20 minutes of anger, frustration, unkind words, and a rubber mallet, I got it back in place. The barrel bands on this one were the same way, particularly the front band, VERY tight. The overall action is good for a Mosin, but not as good as my '41 Izhevsk. All the parts are post-1928 Izhevsk with the exception of the front barrel band which is a post-1928 Tula. The stock appears to have had the finish stripped (by Molot I suppose) which I'm not a huge fan of. There are still areas of remaining shellac where they missed, it used to be a beautiful "Soviet Shellac Red" like my '41, and as said before, it's pretty roughed up. The stock has the Ukrainian refurb stamp, and a few other unidentified markings (could not find meaning on 7.62x54r.net). There was absolutely no cosmoline on the rifle (another sign of Molot), which kind of upset me because I actually love cleaning up cosmoline The bolt internals did have this motor oil type stuff on it though. It was marked under the handguard with the Molot marking, as well as the House of Klimvosk (close enough haha ) on the bolt body and on the topside of the tang. The rifle was complete, as suspected. I like the size of it, but I know it's recoil will be stout. I purchased this rifle from J&G Sales when they were on sale for $149, and I'm very pleased with them. The shipping was quick and it was well packaged. It and with the oil bottle (CAKED in cosmoline, so I guess I'll get my fix) and your normal tools (no pouch). I highly recommend J&G Sales if you are in the market, their CS is great and friendly, and as long as your overall order consists more than roughly $30, then shipping is reasonable ($9.95 minimum shipping, $19 to ship the M44 from AZ to AL). I am overall very pleased with my purchase, even if the stock is rough. If you are in the market for an M44, then Wideners has them for $169+shipping (they're the cheapest I've seen) since J&G doesn't have them on sale anymore ($199 now). Hope this review helped, I apologize that it jumps around from topic to topic. Any and all feedback is appreciated!