Buy an m38 dont ruin an m44 . To me thats like asking If I change the motor mounts in my chevy truck and drop in a ford engine can I make a chevord ? my question to you would be why in the hell would you do that ? They make new chevy engines .
The M44 mounting lug is held in place by 2 pins. It's a PITA to get it off though. However, if you do remove the bayonet mounting lug, the front sight comes with it. It's a sleeve that holds the bayonet mounting lug on. So you'd have no front sight unless you chopped the sleeve which holds the front sight. It doesn't seem worth it. You'd be better off just removing the M44 bayonet, and drifting the front sight to compensate for POI and POA.
Go to Allens Armory and get a 91/59 for $160, lot lighter than the M44 and you dont have to cut anything. Got mine from another vendor, but same Century import rifle, Cosmo'd from the rearsenal. The cool thing is all of his rifles have pics. http://www.allans-armory.com/aaresult.php?PageId=35
Nice looking rifle Frenchy !!
Converting a M44 into 38 configuration is a huge pain in the rear end !! If you want a carbine for hunting and plan on scoping it, then stripping down a M44 would work. I think saving up for another carbine is the better idea.
Thanks guys for the info, I was just looking at both and cannot figure why the big difference in price. I've seen some counter bored M38's for sale but up until now I've tried to stay away from the counter board rifles. The question on a carbine is it something to worry about?
As long as the counter bore is not real deep I would not worry about it . If say its CB an inch its no big deal . From a collectors stand point they are less desirable just because they are less prestine . But as a shooter dude if you want one get one in a few years they will be like finding a needle in a hay stack .
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