I swore I wasn't going to buy an M44. And I kept my promise. I traded two knives for a Steyr M95. I then took the Steyr and traded it for a 1945 Izzy M44. Life is good. Pretty much a standard M44 (the pics I have suck, gonna try for better ones tomorrow) but when I tore it down, I found a 5 digit number on the bottom of the chamber. Plus a couple "y" proof marks. Pretty weird, never seen that on a Mosin before. There is a faint "CCP" cartouche on the buttstock, as well as an "NET6" in a diamond and what could be a backwards L with an 0 or O in a circle, and a few other small marks on the stock. On the top of the butt is what looks like a circle "15" with some sort of small triangle stamp over the top left of the circle. There is a square 30, a diamond 0 or O and a rectangle K also on the right side of the buttstock with the CCP cartouch, etc.... On the right side of the butt is a diamond P, and near the sling cutout, a diamond K, a diamond 6 or 9 and a third mark I can't make out. Near the bayonet (early style, no ears) is a circle 0, a large T a rectangle E, and a mark I cannot make out. The bolt handle has a neat little "dimple" in the middle of the knob and is not totally round. The gun is in nearly perfect condition, although the bore shows some signs of use, but is very serviceable. An interesting gun. Goes well with my 91/30 and my soon to arrive M39.