My girl just came back from Big5 Sporting goods 95 bucks lighter, but with a PRISTINE 1944 M44 with matching numbers and a nearly flawless stock! I would post pics, but will have to wait until tomorow since she doesn't want me to go "randomly" Posting pics of her new rifle. But I'll just snag them while she's at work.... it IS that nice. Trust me. As far as my build is concerned....I'm a bit disappointed that I can't get that mirror sheen to the gun. The polish just looks like crap There is also no brass plater for nearly 150 miles, and I broke the trigger spring. Not happy and just might go back to re-bluing the barrel, but I'm afraid of screwing that up too... Yes I'm jealous.