I still have mine ! I bought my M44 first, for $88, then I bought a 9130 about a year later for $92. I had the bolt turned down on the 9130, but kept the M44 pristine. I've thought about mounting a scope on the longer one but I really love shooting that M44, its a really great length for a military rifle. It's more accurate with the bayonet extended, by the way.
I think you were standing next to me and my son at Sand Lake when we were shooting the M44, one of those years, at the 100 yard target.