Here may be a bit of confusion. If it were Russian, it could have had a serial prefix of "PO" which translated to English would be "RO". Now, if there was a "PU" stamped serial number, then it would not be a Russian rifle, as there is no "U" character in the Russian alphabet. The Russian character for "U" is "Ю". There could have been a prefix of "ПЮ" which translated from Russian to English is "PU", or "ПO" which translated to English is "PO". If it was an M44 carbine, and the serial prefix was "PU" then it only could have been Romanian, Hungarian or Polish. If the serial number prefix was "PO", then it could have been Russian, Romanian, Hungarian or also Polish if you don't already know if it was Russian. Romanian arsenal stamps look similar to the Izhevsk bow and arrow inside triangle, but it is an arrowhead only inside triangle. Also the wreath with RPR is Romanian on the fore end of the barrel shank. Hungarian would be a 02 arsenal stamp, and Polish would be 11 inside an ovular circle. If it were a 91/30, there is an off chance it could have also been Romanian or Hungarian.
With that being said, Russians used letter prefixes in front of their serial numbers, as previously mentioned. You can tell refurbs by looking for such marks or signs of refurbishment. The square with a slash in it on the stock is typical Ukranian refurb mark. A small square with an X, slash, or line down the middle of it on the barrel shank is also a typical refurb mark. Sometimes an O with an X through it has been seen. Lined out serial numbers, and re-stamped or electro penciled as cheapblaster has shown us, is also indicative of an arsenal refurb at some point. Hope that helps. So what was it you were looking at? Almost sounds like a complicated word problem for the SATs.
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Last edited by Iron_Colonel; 05-28-2010 at 02:16 AM.