I had a $99 1945 M44 (had to have a war year). Didn't shoot it much but cleaned it a bunch. The most joy I got from the thing was learning how to strip, clean and reassemble that cool multi-piece bolt! I also liked the bayonet feature on a carbine. I've seen them go for as little as $79, probably one the best all time values in a long gun out there! Sheeesh...now I want another one!