The rifle has all matching serial numbers including the bolt. While new M38’s had a bent bolt it was my understanding that M96/38 rifles kept the original straight bolt from the M96. He had no answer for mine having a bent bolt, but stated he had seen several M96 rifles with bent bolts, but usually the rifle had been fitted with a scope; my rifle did not have a scope. The only thing I can say here is whoever bent the bolt did a quality job. Like many M96/38 rifles it has the micro-adjustable sight calibrated for the shorter barrel and the upgraded 6x55mm cartridge.