My dad took me into the gun shop today and bought me my birthday present. I came home with a new(ish) M44! A little cleaning and polishing, a little cosmoline removal and she looks not half bad! A few pitted spots down the barrel, and a minor pitted spot on the magazine but overall not a bad pickup once I had her all torn down. The wood is kind of rough and it was my second choice, but someone bought my first choice out from under me yesterday. I don't think I'm going to do anything with the wood since she's going to be shot, shot, shot to hell, and shot some more. Sometimes character isn't such a bad trait for a gun. Pics as soon as I can steal my camera back from the wife!