Shudder: I _hope_ this hasn't been covered; if it has, I can't find it in search. So here goes... I'm looking for an MN. I hope to find one locally, without FFL and shipping, but so far, no luck. So, let's look at the internet options: 1) Beautifully refinished Ruskies for well less than an C-note. 2) As-imported Ruskies for the same price. 3) Chinese T34s for a song, but rough. The considerations: The refinished ones are probably beautiful, but have lost the patina of battle and arsenal abuse. The as-imported ones bear the brunt of years, are not as pretty, but flaunt a coolness factor that has not been erased from a refurbished arm, beautiful though it may be. The T34s are rough as all get out because of the way they were packed for shipment, but my understanding is that the action is _very_ solid, and they carry the cachet of being the ones our guys faced down in Viet Nam. So: what say ye? And, as a p.s., what kind of stock? I know that laminated seems to demand a premium, but my personal taste leans toward solid, since I'm a woodworker and like grain. I'll leave hex vs. round out of this for the time being, as I'm trying to keep it simple.