Wow, thats insanity! Must have been purely for hidding purposes, no way to aim it, where is the bolt? Looks like an act of desperation at a desperate time.
A guy I used to work with had a dad who was a class 3 arms collector, he specialized in WWII Russian and German weapons,....Long story short he came across an M.N. that the Swiss had somehow captured, they did a "Swiss watch" trigger job, accurized it, and actualy shortened it a bit, not down to a carbine, but just a more convienient more stable rifle length. Wow was that thing scary, the trigger was beond a "hair" trigger, it was only good for range use, he surmised since it was a scoped sniper version that they must have "improved" it for the same use.
I own several Mosin Nagant rifles, as far as shooting them, their fun to watch when someone else is taking the hit to the soulder, lol. I like the way they look after I re-do the stock and re-blue the metal. One of my friends brought me one his neighbor gave him, terrible shape. 2 Weeks later when I gave it back with new blue and 20 coats of tru oil he checked the serial number I asked him to write down just to make sure he knew it was the same gun. Makes me proud when someone is pleased with my work.
Wouldn't that qualify as a short-barreled rifle and require the $200 license? Or, does it qualify as a pistol? I don't know the nuances of what the distinction is between rifle and pistol. There are 223 and 7.62x39 pistols and rifles - just noting what is more commonly a rifle caliber than a pistol caliber. Whereas, a 9mm is used for both but is most commonly used as a handgun caliber. Can anyone help out here?