I bet it's a pain in the arse to carry or deal with in a battle situation. I can see the theory, but there would be almost no practicality.... Give me the M44
Figure the difference in weight difference in a M38 and a M44 is about a pound and a half, M38 is about 7 1/2 pounds, the M44 around 8 1/2-9 pounds(hardwood vs laminate stock).. the only weight difference between them is the added bayonet..
Figure an M44......is almost exactly dimensioned the same as an SKS.. both are 44 inches long, with about a 20 inch barrel, bayonet, even the weight is almost the same.
So lets take an 8 inch longer rifle, that weighs around 8 and 3/4 pounds on a good day and shove a pound and some change worth of bayonet on the end. So you have a 4 foot long, almost 10 pound weapon, that would feel more nose heavy than the carbines due to length.
Just think how nose heavy a Yugo M59/66 feels compared to a regular SKS, say an M59....add a couple of more inches in, lets say 6 inches in length to the M59/66 and lets add another 1/2, maybe 3/4 of a pound to the muzzle end..
It would be a very awkward bastard to shoot.