The Hungarian's manufactured the Md. 44 carbine for only two years 1952 and 1953. The exact number manufactured is unknown, but the consensus is that the production numbers were low. The low manufacture numbers makes the Hungarian model more collectable then the more common Russian M44. These carbines were manufactured by the FEG arsenal in Budapest Hungary . The Hungarians designated the rifle as the 48M. This is an original Hungarian carbine Caliber 7.62x54R as issued and used in the field. It has not gone through any arsenal rework process. The 02 markings on this rifle are the Eastern Bloc country code for Hungary. Rifle also has the Crest of Hungary stamped on the barrel which consists of a star, hammer, with a bar running under. The stock of this rifle has a B marking at the top comb of the stock. The B stands for the Budapest Arsenal. The stamped serial numbers on the barrel, metal butt plate and magazine are matching and have the 02 Hungarian code stamped on them. Rear sight has 02 markings. The bolt is a mismatch to the rifle which is common for field use rifles. Stock is in good shape with the usual dings from field carry. Rifle has a hard to see short surface hair line crack in front of the metal butt plate heal which will have no effect on function or service life. Bore is in military surplus good condition. This rifle is coming from an estate. Rifle was purchased in the early 1990's then put away box unopened by the collector. Rifle comes with the original box and importers hang tags. A hard to see import mark under the barrel by the muzzle. Importer stamped serial number on receiver. This is a good addition to a collection or as a shooter. Rifle can be purchased on a Curio Relic ffl. Credit cards 3.2%.
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