Hi Sonoran Lizard King! Sorry I didn’t pop in sooner- work’s been insanely busy and literally half our staff have been off sick. 8 days in a row without a day off isn’t fun, I can tell you…
As for the rifle- well, I think you probably should have gotten the Enfield. M44s are cheap and plentiful (and of limited collector value at the moment), and USD$160 is a bargain for a No 4 Mk I- they can go for anything up to USD$250-$400, depending on make, model, and manufacturer. There’s also more history with an Enfield (as a general rule), and they hold twice as much ammo, along with having the fastest operating bolt of any military rifle.
Does the store do lay-by? If you can get the serial number and the markings on the left-hand side of the receiver, I can tell you when the rifle was made, at which factory, and the year.
A general note to everyone- feel free to PM me if you’ve got old firearm questions or want to bring my attention to a particular thread. I’m not enough of an egotist to do a username search on myself every day.