I stopped by my local Mosin honey hole to look at his new batch. I had set aside a `21 Izhevsk (well worn marks), a `28 Tula, and a `25 Izhevsk to be the ones I chose from when done searching. Last box I opened was a BEAUTIFUL `44 Izhevsk. Mirror non-counter bored, matching w/plate lineout. ALL parts down to extractor are triangle marked, except cocking piece that is bow/arrow marked. Stock is the late/post ware with pressed liners and very few dings. Everyone`s opinion was that even a `42 or `43 date would be better. (customers not owner). I KNOW collector wise the 20 and 30 dated ones are better and the `28 Tula would been snagged by 99% of people. But why the no love feeling I get from everyone (in alot of places!) about `44 91/30`s? Is it that they didnt see as much war, or what? This one shoots AMAZINGLY! btw!