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Chinese Type 53 Carbine, Cal. 7.62x54R
by Ryan W Date Added: Friday 12 April, 2013
My Type 53 showed up in just a few days and I had it shipped to the house using my Type 03 FFL.

I already own a couple of Mosin Nagant rifles, so this was fun to add to the collection. This Type 53 is about 9" shorter than my other 7.73x54R rifles.

The rifle itself is in "good" to "poor" condition, and the serial number of the bolt does not match the rest of the serial numbers on the rifle. The stock is pretty beat up - it's chipped in a couple of spots, has some letters carved into it, and is badly scratched everywhere. The barrel appears to be in good condition and I don't see any rust spots. I haven't yet looked at the rifling inside the barrel, or tried to shoot it. The rifle did arrive with some cosmoline, but it was pretty light. The bayonet is a swing out from the right side and is fully functional.

Having said all this about the condition of the stock,let's keep in mind that Bud's listed this as item condition "surplus" and "good".
I realize Bud's does not open the boxes before shipping so they have no way to know what condition the rifles are other than what they're told.. I probably could have sent this back, but I'm keeping in mind that I own a piece of history, and holding it leaves no doubt in my mind that this was heavily used in its prior life .. probably on the battlefield....

Overall I'm happy with my purchase, and I'd probably buy another from Bud's just to see what the next would look like.

Great job, Buds! Thank you - I've enjoyed doing business with you.

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