Would it be possible for someone to help me determine what kind of rifle I have inherited? It was purchased in the mid 1980s and came in a green and white cardboard box with "Springfield Armory" printed on it. It came with an owners manual with a drawing on the cover of a soldier lying on the ground. The wood is a dark chocolate brown and is not shiny. The grain of the wood runs parallel lengthwise, not diagonal. It has a folding bi-pod, winter trigger, and an attached fabric sling. Here is a list of three markings on the gun:
1. On the metal part that faces you when you're firing it:
7.62 mm BM59
2. On the left face of that same metal part:
P B BM59
3. On the right face, on a movable piece of metal between the trigger and the magazine:
P B - BM59 IAP
Thanks in advance for any help offered. It will be greatly appreciated!