well i picked up a mosin nagant sniper model today. rguns over in carpenertville il. had a few left and i went down picked through the lot looking for one that lined up decently with the sights and the scope over the bore. unfortunately the crappiest stock was the best functional that i could determine without shooting. the shiny bit on the scope is not metal its some sort of packing material that is pretty gummy and cleaned off easily. numbers on the rifle all match including the turned down bolt which is not a reweld or melted one lending credence to its authenticity. it has the extra "C" style stamp next to the arsenal stamp. the scope shows that this particular rifle was re-arsenaled at some point which is common for these rifles.