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1944 M44 without import marks
« on: May 20, 2020, 08:58:21 PM »
I found this on the rack at the LGS about 16 months ago. When I picked it up, I didn't see any import marks in the usual places, and the price was good for an M44, so I gladly brought it home.

I recently disassembled it to examine it closely and take some pictures. There are definitely no import marks anywhere. It has the beat up corroded look with a blood-stained(?) sling consistent with use in SE Asia. I think it's very likely that this was brought back from Vietnam, but there are no DD603 or similar papers to prove it 100%.

The transliteration of the letter prefix really cinches it, ВБ = VB = Vietnam Booty   ;) rofl








































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Re: 1944 M44 without import marks
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2020, 09:30:51 PM »
Why do you think it was in SE Asia?  rofl

WTH, you been holding out on us for a long time on your stash. Good stuff, P32!

Definitely blood or could it be rust? If it is indeed blood that's pretty wild. Is there anyway (I know, I'm just hoping) to figure out where this rifle has been?

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Re: 1944 M44 without import marks
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2020, 10:11:11 PM »
Is there anyway (I know, I'm just hoping) to figure out where this rifle has been?

A DNA test kit from Ancestry dot com should reveal who the owner of the blood is or at least the country.

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Re: 1944 M44 without import marks
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2020, 10:14:54 PM »
Why do you think it was in SE Asia?  rofl

WTH, you been holding out on us for a long time on your stash. Good stuff, P32!

Definitely blood or could it be rust? If it is indeed blood that's pretty wild. Is there anyway (I know, I'm just hoping) to figure out where this rifle has been?

Iíd say itís reasonably likely that itís blood, and definitely not rust. There is a definite rust spot at another location on the sling and itís a very different color.

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Re: 1944 M44 without import marks
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2020, 10:34:47 PM »
Is there anyway (I know, I'm just hoping) to figure out where this rifle has been?

A DNA test kit from Ancestry dot com should reveal who the owner of the blood is or at least the country.

That would be very interesting but the DNA is very likely to be badly degraded after 50 years of poor storage conditions. Iím not going to gamble on it.  :)

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Re: 1944 M44 without import marks
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2020, 02:34:45 PM »
Makes me wish i still had the an M44 we captured in Afghanistan. When i left country it was still sitting in the mayor cell.  >:(
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Re: 1944 M44 without import marks
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2020, 03:13:32 PM »
Makes me wish i still had the an M44 we captured in Afghanistan. When i left country it was still sitting in the mayor cell.  >:(
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Interesting! Did you get any pictures of it or other captured small arms?

Itís unfortunate that non-NFA items arenít allowed back as DD-603 eligible war trophies anymore. I get the more modern select fire AKs etc. being used to equip ďfriendliesĒ but bolt action Mosins, Mausers, Lee-Enfields and various semiautomatic rifles like SKSs, and MAS 49s etc, I donít get the military prohibition of those being brought back.

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Re: 1944 M44 without import marks
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2020, 01:07:53 AM »
I've got pictures of me with some of the AK's we captured and gave to the APPF among them i noticed a couple early 60s russian examples from both tula and izhevsk. i tried to explain to the afghans how much afghani it was worth if it was in the US and they thought i was screwing with them.  rofl