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1943 Izhevsk PU and 1941 VKT m91
I took a few years off of collecting, as happens in life, but I have been taking advantage of the cold MN winter to get up to speed on the milsurp world. Picked up two this winter. I've shared them on GB as well but I know there are a few old friends that hang out over here too -- and I know I have been neglectful of this site, which of course was my first internet "home" back in 2002 or so. Also I've taken up photography as a side hobby and figuring out how to do these rifles justice has been a ton of fun.
My interests have swung almost entirely to the Finn side of things but with the availability of legit PU snipers and the odds of finding a Finn sniper basically zero, I decided to cash in a couple M44s I'd been sitting on (wow, has anyone else seen M44 prices lately? ) and ordered up a PU. The pics tell the story: very nice refurb, possibly unsanded stock, and a perfect bore. Who knows the back story on these, but this is a wartime-produced gun that did NOT go Berlin and back, no question about it. Looking forward to my first range trip with a true sniper rifle.
This second one came through a rather roundabout way where I didn't know what to expect until I opened the box. Turns out it was demilled in Germany, where the previous owner picked it up at a flea market. In some ways it's a shame, as I hate to see an old warhorse deactivated; on the other hand, it's not like I need to take yet another m91 to the range, and if I ever do a display or reenactment at a school or something it might be handy to have a "non-gun" to bring along. Here are pics. The diamond stamp on the right side of the receiver is the German police demil proof.
Thanks for looking. Let me know if the pics are too big -- remember when we had a 500 pizel size limit on pictures here, back on EZboards?