||Ordered on Friday, FFL Received on Tuesday. Fast shipping, Kudos to Buds.
How I received the gun...
The box was torn open during shipping and was noted by the deliverer. Basically, the gun was loosely thrown into a box with 5 empty UPS plastic envelopes for padding! When I got to my FFL, the gun was literally half hanging out of the package. Luckily nothing appeared to be damaged...
The gun came with the matching bayonet, cleaning tools, Mosin multi-tool, and oil can. No Sling, No Tool Pouch, No Ammo Pouch...
The gun was an Arsenal Refurbish...
Let me say first that all of the numbers matched and the parts that weren't original had been ground down and re-stamped appropriately.... no electro-pencil here.
The barrel was a 1940 round receiver TULA and had been counter-bored about 2 inches deep. There appears to be strong rifling, but it is VERY DARK. I've tried cleaning the barrel out for a week now and I still can't get a clean patch!!! On the front of the barrel, there appeared to be some black paint about the size of a half dollar... didn't think much about it at the time I was inspecting it. After bringing it home and taking the paint off with 0000 steel wool, the metal had been sanded down and there is DEEP PITTING FROM PREVIOUS RUST!!! I guess when the gun had been re-arsenaled they didn't bother re-bluing the finish.
The stock is also Tula. I noticed a little bit of cracking of the shellac finish in the center of the stock but didn't care as I had planned on refinishing it. After I stripped the finish, I noticed there were repairs to both the front 6 inches of the stock and about an inch in the rear right corner of the buttstock... previously caked over in cosmoline and not visible at time of inspection.
The front spring that holds the barrel bands on would not depress all of the way down. I'm guessing that this was due to the repair on the front end of the stock and makes take down very hard.
The magazine follower/floor plate appears to be Tula and was in excellent condition.
The butt plate appears to be original and the bluing was pretty worn.
The Bayonet had slight surface rust, but appeared to be original and was in overall very good condition.
The tools were in excellent condition as was the oil can.
The front take down screw was in awful condition with deep pitting and red rust.
The barrel bands were Izhevsk. They are in marginal condition. There was red rust that had started to pit on the front barrel band.
The Magazine Well/Trigger Guard was Izhevsk. After decreasing, scrubbing, and using 0000 steel wool to take off the dried and caked on cosmoline, there is deep pitting by the front take down screw hole and the bluing had been removed in that area just like the barrel had been.
The bolt is Izhevsk and is the standard straight handle. From what I can tell, this is a brand new bolt and showed no signs of use. There are a few milling marks but overall I am more then happy with the bolt and it was in excellent condition.
The trigger is Izhevsk and pulls around 6lbs. Slightly creepy but VERY GOOD for a stock Surplus gun.
I accepted this gun due to the bolt being new, the decent trigger, the Strong rifling (despite being counter-bored), the matching numbers (although mismatched factories), and smoothness/tightness that the action cycled.
After totally taking down, degreasing, and FULLY disassembling the firearm (far beyond what you can realistically do while in store), I would consider this gun to be in Good condition at best. The gun is VERY far from the excellent condition that this was advertised at. I know I accepted this gun and that it was my responsibility to reject the transfer if was unsatisfied. If I had to do it again, knowing fully was the condition of the gun was in, I wouldN'T have accepted the transfer. Live and learn I suppose.
Rating: [1 of 5 Stars!]