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Romanian Single Shot Trainer (UMC Cugir) Questions
Hello everyone, first time poster here. I recently acquired a Romanian .22 LR trainer rifle at a gun show. It is not the common M1969 model trainer, as it has a different stock and the barrel is much heavier. It is marked on the barrel as a GECO 22LR, but I do not think this is correct because the GECOs I have seen are German imports between world wars. The receiver is stamped with the UMC Cugir logo (looks a bit like the mauser logo) and the number 1951-02239 which I assume indicates that it was manufactured in 1951 and its serial number is 2239. I took the gun to the range and put about 70 rounds of .22 LR through it. It was pretty accurate despite missing the rear sight (I intend to put a scope on it eventually). The problem is that the .22 cases were expanding and I could feel the blowback hitting my forehead from time to time. I had to dig the empty brass out a few times with a bigger casing. I know that is not a good sign, and I imagine the receiver is worn beyond tolerances. I really like this gun and I would like to fix this problem, but I don't know what to do. I was considering boring the gun for .22 Magnum as a last resort, but I don't know if that would be a safe conversion. Any advice or comments would be welcome, as would any information about this particular model. They seem to be rare and I cannot find any information about them anywhere.