View Full Version : Anyone have info on Romanian M44s?

01-08-2011, 12:25 AM
I bought a pair of Romanian M44s the other night. A decent looking maybe a refurb 1953 and a beat up 1955 with a Bosnian Shield Barrel Stamp, the name or word Janicsar carved into the stock with a white U rack mark painted over the carving.

I've been googleing and have seen Production number guesses from 2000 - 3000 for 1953 does anyone have better info on the number of Romanian M44s produced in 1953?

The 1955's Bosnian Shield Stamp means it was possibly issued during the 1990's wars in the former Yugoslavia but haven't been able to verify when Bosnia stamped these carbines before or after the wars.

Heres a link to a sale of the 1955 on Gunboards I found while looking for info on the Bosnian Shield stamp. I was surprised to see a pic of my new to me M44 in a for sale ad from 3 owners ago. From that I was able to track the sale to the calgunner who sold it to the calgunner I bought it from.


01-08-2011, 2:29 AM
My first rifle was a 1955 Romanian M44, great carbine. Mine is far more accurate than most.

They're definitely not super common, so I'd hang onto the ones you got. I'd say to check that 762x54r.net or whatever, but their information seems outdated.

Vlad 11
01-08-2011, 10:37 AM
Interesting carbines. Are these matching? There is a guy at 7.62x54r doing a prefix survey on Romanians..maybe you can get more info on their forums...http://7.62x54r.net/Forums/index.php?topic=6195.0

01-08-2011, 3:48 PM
Unfortunately they are not matching.

I registered and posted on the link you posted.

Now I need to track down a 1954 :43:

I just found a post where they were discussing the gunboard for sale post for my 1955. That's 4 posts I've found on this particular rifle so far not counting this one.

01-08-2011, 6:30 PM
Probably less than 2000. With only two prefixs used in the first year (CP, AX) and no example of a serial number larger than 3 digits in either prefix. Heck! Only approx. 70,000 made at all and most of them seem to be 1954 (according to the submitted prefixes on the survey). If you find a matching Romanian, but it. All I have seen were mismatched (at least in the bolt) and/or had Hungarian or Soviet parts mixed in.
I am happy with mine, matching except the bolt.
Stock LE297
Buttplate LE297
Barrel LE297
Bolt LE525
But even I have a Hungarian nosecap.
By the by, better accuracy at 100 yards than any of my Finns, but at 300 yards, the Finns take the cake.

01-08-2011, 6:55 PM
That's pretty cool so my AX223 is number 1223 of approx 2000 made during the first year.
Thanks Finloq!