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Chinese Type 53 Carbine, Cal. 7.62x54R
by Fred W Date Added: Wednesday 06 March, 2013
This rifle was manufactured with Chinese Chu wood. The wood is softer, and frankly uglier than the stock of a Russian Mosin. Big deal.
A little elbow grease and a lot of sandpaper took care of the stock. If you're afraid of some prep work, this isn't you're rifle.

That said, the metal was in great shape. Minor loss of bluing in places, and some cosmoline to clean. My December 1953 had all matching numbers. The bolt snapped firmly in place and the bore was clean and sharp. I left the minor pits on the stock and there's some of the bare metal on the barrel. It really looks like it was just transported from 1953.

And it shoots well. I just bought some cheap non-corrosive Russian ammo to test it. Big bang and flash, with surprisingly light recoil. The groups aren't great, but as the Rangemaster reminded me, "That is a battle rifle. Not a sniper."

No regrets here. If you're a hands-on type that enjoys history, buy this.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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