I have the M44s. I like the Polish one I bought so much, I got a Russian one, too.
I prefer the carbine-size of the M44s.(M38s are pretty much the same gun, built 7 years
earlier, without a built-in bayonet.)
I've left the built-in bayonets on, although personally, I've yet to find they actually influence
the accuracy of the weapon, except to hold the muzzle down better during firing when
The M38s (many of them) fought the war, whereas many of the M44s, if they saw
service, didn't start till the last year of the conflict and are generally in better shape and
easier to find.
The Finnish M38, IMO, is too accurate for crate ammo. I've tried some of the
PRVI Partizan ammo, and there is a big difference. IF you are that much of a collector,
IF you desire accuracy that much, then maybe a M38 is for you.
I feel the cheap ammo limitations are part of the challenge of combloc milsurp.
I would try a M44 some time, while I feel it's worth the extra money,
I doubt a M38 would be your cup of tea.
I really like the M44 because it's @8" shorter than the 91-30, and makes a great