unless they are acceptance stamps on the buttstock, they are replacements.Hmm. I may be mistaken, certainly, or reliant on dated information... Some earlier European collectors posts indicated an earlier wartime laminate stock on M44 carbines? Do you have a link on the "all laminate stocks are post war" issue?
Thanks for the correction.
I have a '44 M44 Tula hex in laminate stock with the wrist bolt/pin. However, not sure how to date when that stock came together with the action. And there are quite a few others that have a M44 in Laminant. I also have a pair of laminate PU snipers that came from the current Molot and GW imports over the past year. Both Izhevsk and #'s matching. Just not sure when those stocks joined the PU action either. Had to be very late or post war.
There is no evidence that any laminate stocks were issued by the Soviets before the late 50s. None.Well, that is just it: For a good long while laminate stocks were much more commonly encountered on carbines than on the 1891/30s. In fact, laminates were so common on carbines that it was really no big deal. I distinctly recall my first on a 1944 Izhevsk M44 that looked all the world like it had been used a fence post in a Western Siberian goat pen... Some collectors, perhaps very much mistaken, asserted that there were variations in laminate stocks and that there was a discernible "wartime" laminate. Now, this might be, to re-use/quote RyanE's trenchant phrase: "Nonsense on stilts" but where is the evidence that all laminates are from as late as the 1950s? :?
Laminates would have been stamped the same as the arctic birch stocks. Quality control and acceptance processes for the rifles would not have changed.Just curious- wood stocks require considerable inspection due to the faults of wood, knots splits etc. Would the laminates require that as well? I would think that the process would eliminate the need for some of the marks. That being said- I cannot explain final proofing marks, except for what Vic quoted in other threads on this topic... I would suggest that the limited make of laminate stocks would have a very limited survival rate from the period in arsenal condition... Don't know, just adding fuel to the discussion. If they were produced till the 1980's, there should be plentiful documentation of that.
Just my curiousity on this snow day (another foot!!!!)
I have always loved the Mosins with laminated stocks. I did when they were impossible to find and continue to do so now while it's easy and comparatively inexpensive to purchase them.I know that some folks don't care for laminates because they generally have electropencilled serial numbers on bolt, floorplate, and buttplate and many have poor bores. I think the laminated wood looks pretty nice, though.