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Bought one of these in a hurry once they came on line at Buds. Have been considering getting a Mosin for some time, just to have something that shoots 7.62x54 in the collection. But never really cared for the long barrel of the standard Mosin rifle. But I immediately liked the overall lines of the Type 53 Carbine, which just looks better-proportioned and cool with the folding bayonet.
Mine arrived with a stock that was very rough and this probably should be described in the ad, as it seems to be typical for these guns. Not too much cosmoline, which cleaned up easily with Hoppe's No. 9. Gunmetal was pretty decent with a few deep rust pits, mostly where the stock covers steel. Bolt, receiver and stock have matching numbers. Action was smooth and bore looks surprisingly good. Bolt cleaned up very well and is now quite shiny. Trigger is pretty crisp with much less slop than what I have seen on other Mosins. The stock took some work - with a power sander - to get into decent shape. The wood is called CHU-wood and it is not easy to sand and is a far cry from the American walnut you will find on a Garand. But after some stain, a few coats of tung oil and a coat of spar varnish, it looks pretty decent while retaining the look of the battle rifle it is.