I sold my 440 yesterday morning and as fate would have it I picked up another one in a pawn shop here in town yesterday afternoon for R600-00. The guy in the shop actually told me it was a Gecado! It's not in great shape as you can imagine, and looks like it's seen some abuse but with a bit of work on the stock and the internals it will be ok. The metal on the outside is fine except for some light rust on the barrel. It came without the sights and raised scope rail. It actually shoots ok as is, after I fitted an old Gamo scope.
Now here's the question. This is a nice little restoration/modification project for me. I noticed there are many guys on the site that has "customized" 440's. I need some advice here. Apart from a GRT III trigger, what other mods do you guys recommend, mechanically and aesthetically? I'd like to add a silencer, only because I want to take the plastic tip off the barrel. I'd also like to shorten the barrel a bit to make it a carbine. Regarding the trigger, I've met some guys at the instrument makers shop at the university and they reckon if I bring them a trigger blade they can make it. It would be nice if they can, and if they can make it for less than a GRT III it would be even better. I'm also going to let them take a shot at making a nice trigger guard for the rifle. Any suggestions?