New (to me) rifle-WWII Russian M-44
Picked up this gun yesterday. . . it was pretty much an impulse buy. Its a Mosin Nagent M-44 (Russian). I don't know very much about it, but what I do know is that it was made in 1945, all the serial numbers match, it shoots 7.62X54R (pretty good sized round :D), and the permanently attached beyonet is, in my opinion, badass. They had several of them at the store, some of them had very subtle differences, and since I dont know anything about them I just picked up the one that looked the best. ;)
I shot it today, all 20 of the rounds i bought for it, and it shoots great! I have done a little research since my purchase, and I read that often the shots will be off by as much as 1 foot per 100 yards if you shoot it with the beyonet folded, because these guns were sighted in with the beyonet extended and it changes the barrel harmonics or something to that effect. I shot it with the beyonet folded and it seemed very accurate, so I am quite pleased.
Its no M-1 Garand, but its still really cool and its fun to shoot!
From the photo...........
I'm certainly no authority on military rifles, but that looks to be the carbine version, or short rifle. I've seen many that were much longer rifles.