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Chinese Type 53 Carbine, Cal. 7.62x54R
by Lee M Date Added: Monday 21 January, 2013
This was my first purchase from Buds and first surplus firearm purchase. I did not know what to expect from either, but overall I'm pleased. The buying process through Bud's was simple and painless. One of the preferred FFLs is a pawn shop 2mi from my house, so that worked out great. Shipping and communication were relatively fast, considering the insane volume of online firearm purchases these days.
Now to the weapon: it was a MESS! Very dirty, and the stock was atrocious. Guy at my FFL took out of the box and had a horrible look on his face. He said, "is it supposed to look like that?!" Lol... Anyway, I was prepared for the worst, so after verifying that the stock did not seem to be split or cracked, and the metal seemed in okay shape (way too dirty to speak to the bore), I paid and took it home.
After a thorough cleaning, I have to say the metal and bore are in surprisingly good shape. I'm waiting on a no-go gauge before firing it, but I am optimistic. The stock was nicked, scarred, dented, scratched, etc., etc. Really rough. But again, no warps, splits or cracks. So i decided to refinish it. I sanded it enough to remove the old shellac and smooth out some of the worst of the dings without actually removing any of the marks. Each ding tells a story, right? :) There's an area of very deliberate little holes in a grid pattern. Was the soldier bored? Marking kills? Trying to make the stock less slippery in that spot? Who knows? On one side of the buttstock, you see the telltale markings of nail heads. The rifle was clearly used as a makeshift hammer at some point. Setting tent pegs? Boarding a window? So after sanding, I applied 3 coats of amber shellac and then paste wax. Looks great! Clean, shiny, and smooth, but still tells a story with it's multitude of "blemishes." Bought a sling and cleaning rod (gun was missing these), and now I have a pretty attractive little carbine. I'm hoping it shoots! So Bud's gets 5 stars, rifle gets 3, for an average of 4. All in all, a fun project so far.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
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