The county clerk's office finally having gotten around to producing the coupon required in my county before you can pick up a pistol at the gun shop (the clerk who handles such things was on vacation for a month), I headed over to the gun shop to pick up the Ruger Mark I .22 LR that I'm going to use to break myself of the habit of heeling my .45 and throwing my shots up and off target at 2 o' clock. While the owner was running the NICS check, I wandered through the gun racks. And I came across two of the most bizarre Mosins I've ever seen. We're talking some Bubbafication here. Not that the workmansip was poor; it wasn't. Not that you couldn't shoot them; you could. But they were just so - surreal! The first one was an Izzy M38 that somebody mounted a PU scope and scope mount on (modern production on old tooling, not antique scope and mount), with a sniper bolt (modern machine shop job, not ATI handle). The carbine was seriously out of balance. Trying to move it so you could take a sight, it had a habit of trying to precess on you, like pressing on the case of a gyrocompass. Weird. The second one was a Chinese Type 53, sans bayonet, with an old Chinese-made bipod attached just behind the front sight and taking up all the space on the barrel between the forearm cap and the sight. To say it was muzzle-heavy is to be charitable. It was so short at first I thought it was a 91/59, until I got a good look at the receiver. Why would anyone put a bipod on something that short? It was incredibly bizarre. I just had to share. I'd have taken photos, but this shop owner absolutely forbids that. The things some people do to self-respecting Mosins!