So as usual, I rolled the dice on a poorly described auction with useless pictures. What I got was an absolutely gorgeous 1953 Izhevsk with two peculiar features.
1. Inspector stamp (circle AN) is on left side of stock below date and Izhevsk cartouch. Anybody seen that before?
2. Bolt is full high polish. Much more finish work than a standard bolt carrier. Production variation or somebody got happy with some jeweler's rouge?