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Chinese Type 53 Carbine, Cal. 7.62x54R
[RI1968G]
$102.00
by Daniel J Date Added: Sunday 10 March, 2013
The five star rating takes into account that this is a 60-year-old used weapon.

After reading some of the reviews, I had expected my Chinese Mosin-Nagant carbine to look as if it had served in both Korea and Vietnam, then been used to train young beavers how to chew. Not so! I was pleased--VERY pleased--at the functional and cosmetic condition of the rifle I received. It is missing the metal insert for the rear sling cutout in the stock--not a big deal. The stock is in good condition. The serial numbers do not match, of course, but the gun fires beautifully. I handed it to a Vietnam veteran (who had probably dodged a few bullets from this very rifle type), and he aimed at a 3-inch metal circle 50 yards away. He stood with no support at all--just his calm nerves--and sent the metal circle flying with his first shot. Then he hit the one next to it with his second shot. It's a keeper. I probably got luckier than most in receiving a gun that wasn't beaten up. I have to say, this carbine is a major improvement on the original Mosin-Nagant design in two respects. First, it is of manageable length (not absurdly long), but still long enough to give a good sight radius. Second, the bayonet attachment is vastly superior. The Soviets had their WW2 soldiers keep the bayonets affixed permanently--meaning pointing at the enemy permanently. That's a bit dangerous, makes the weapon even longer and less manageable, and they had no scabbards for storing the bayonets if they were taken off of the rifle (unlike the Finnish soldiers, who had scabbards, I believe). By contrast, this carbine has a bayonet that folds in toward the stock with a spring-loaded locking mechanism, so it can't be lost. It does not interfere with operation of the gun when folded in, avoids accidental stabbing of one's fellow soldier, and the bayonet is always available in about 5 seconds.

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