I bought a 1955 Chinese T-53 in the Spring and had no real range time with it until today. The T-53 is an exact copy of a Mosin Nagant Model M-1944. I picked this rifle up at a pawn shop for a song because I did not have a Chinese in my Mosin collection.
I took this rifle to the range today and was very pleased with the way the old gal performed. The trigger was light and crisp, something nearly unheard of on a Mosin of any description. Grouping at 75 yards was acceptable, considering my lack of skills as a fine rifleman.
This rifle was an older import from NAC, and was in dang good shape considering most of the T-53s I have seen. It has a nice bore with dark grooves that look like they were blued in a refurb. The blue has faded to look almost like a Parkerizing and the stock is not beat to hell.
For $120.00 OT, these days, I would have been hard pressed to find a better deal.