So this rifle started out life with me as one of the recent sino-banian imports from Classic. Everything was very serviceable with little to no rust, typical finish wear, and stocks bumps and bruises. No mods other than installing a Murray firing pin/spring. About a year ago, I got the bubba bug and when considering the choices between my Russian, two Yugos (59 and 59/66), and this Chinese... the arsenal 26 lost out. At first, it was a fully reversible bubba, but later... not so much. Some days I think about lost collectibility, other days I'm glad I have a serviceable, practical, fun-to-shoot, built-like-a-tank SHTF gun.
Here it is in its original state:
After having her for a couple of years, I added Tech-Sights, installed a donor FSB that I neutered, and then mounted in a Ram-line stock. I never really liked this configuration but, it was reversible.
Eventually, I went full bubba, cut the barrel to 16 1/2", added a Prince50, and shed the Ram-line in favor of a custom, cherry stock from a guy on Etsy.
Here's the way she looks today:
I'm happy with it.