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OK, I think I have a good one here.

I got a few of the Centerfire Systems stripped Polish M44 barreled receivers.

I was looking them over and noticed something strange (see pic)

What is the extra pin cut for? It is past the front sight base area. Apparently, something was pinned on in front of the sight base.

My first idea was that the bayonet was pinned in the extended position, but it was just a guess. Maybe these were not "normal" M44s to begin with???
 

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Yup, from the pics, some had machining around the trigger area.

The ones I have do not have any strange features other than the extra pin hole.
 

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Maybe a blank adaptor was pinned on there permanently?
 

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Maybe these barreled actions were some kind of "test guns" or sub caliber simulators put in other big bore weapons for training. the slots could have held the barreled actions into test fixtures or held adapters to fit the action into a recoiless rifle, field piece etc.
 

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I think I'm going to inquire at CFS on Monday. I bet they know the skinny.
 

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Sorry there, not enough pictures.

Yes, the normal two pin holes are there for the front sight base and bayo lug. The sight base pin is 180 degrees out from the odd one and the bayo lug is 90 from there. If you are looking down the barrel to shoot, the sight base pin is 12:00, the bayo 3:00 and the unidentified hole is 6:00.

This hole does not exist on my other M44s, just these barreled recs.

Also, the extra pin hole is blued with the rest of the barrel, not bare steel as one would expect if it had been a modification done to complete rifles.
 

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You may have something that not even the great 7.62x54r has in his collection.
 

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Oh... I have a number of items that he does not. It's just that none of them are Mosins. ;)

I still can't provoke him into much interest in Mausers.
 
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