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Chinese Type 53 arrived today. Too gooey to take out of the box, so I just snapped this first pic. (couldn't find my camera, so I used my phone). She's was made at arsenal 296 in July of 1954. Has a four character logo between the arsenal number and the date. any idea what that might mean? I'll get her cleaned up tonight and find my camera for some better pics. The Bolt and receiver numbers match. The butt plate and Magazine floor plate numbers are different and have Izhevsk logo's on them. (Odd?)

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Chinese Type 53 arrived today. Too gooey to take out of the box, so I just snapped this first pic. (couldn't find my camera, so I used my phone). She's was made at arsenal 296 in July of 1954. Has a four character logo between the arsenal number and the date. any idea what that might mean? I'll get her cleaned up tonight and find my camera for some better pics. The Bolt and receiver numbers match. The butt plate and Magazine floor plate numbers are different and have Izhevsk logo's on them. (Odd?)
The cosmoline removal is that fun part! Haha. About the Izhevsk markings, I've seen Izzy butt plates and bolts they're not too rare, the Ruskies sent the Chinese spare parts and the machinery to make them on as well as overseers to make sure they were making them to specs.
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IMHO, the days of the $89.95-- 91/30 is gone.

After you added shipping,fees, taxes,

and FFL charges, they were never

really here.

What I would advise, would be find a clean bore, and matching

serials on a rifle in good overall shape. Then simply pay the man.

In time, the condition of a good rifle will easily outweigh the cost.

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The cosmoline removal is that fun part! Haha. About the Izhevsk markings, I've seen Izzy butt plates and bolts they're not too rare, the Ruskies sent the Chinese spare parts and the machinery to make them on as well as overseers to make sure they were making them to specs.
Thanks. I thought that might have been the case.
I got her cleaned up last night. The first patch I ran thru the bore pushed a long cosmoline worm out of the end. It was very well preserved inside.
The bore turned out to be in very good condition. Very bright, shiny rifling and not counter bored.
The stock is covered in dings, dents, and battle scars. I cleaned it up and I've given it a light sanding (but kept the character scars intact), in preparation for refinishing. I'll post pics. when I get it all done.


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Thanks. I thought that might have been the case.
I got her cleaned up last night. The first patch I ran thru the bore pushed a long cosmoline worm out of the end. It was very well preserved inside.
The bore turned out to be in very good condition. Very bright, shiny rifling and not counter bored.
The stock is covered in dings, dents, and battle scars. I cleaned it up and I've given it a light sanding (but kept the character scars intact), in preparation for refinishing. I'll post pics. when I get it all done.

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Congrats! You got a great one! Have fun with it!
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The first patch I ran thru the bore pushed a long cosmoline worm out of the end. It was very well preserved inside.
The bore turned out to be in very good condition. Very bright, shiny rifling and not counter bored.
Always drop the bolt and clean it from the chamber end, and

you will never have to worry about having it counter bored.
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I was going through Century's website and found they had several types of Schmidt-Rubin rifles. They had the 1896/11, the 1911 short rifle, and the K1911. They have several types of conditions. I don't know much about the Swiss rifles other than the K31. Can anyone tell me the difference? Thanks.

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I was going through Century's website and found they had several types of Schmidt-Rubin rifles. They had the 1896/11, the 1911 short rifle, and the K1911. They have several types of conditions. I don't know much about the Swiss rifles other than the K31. Can anyone tell me the difference? Thanks.
Have you tried the search function? This came up about two weeks ago.
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Chinese Type 53 arrived today. Too gooey to take out of the box, so I just snapped this first pic. (couldn't find my camera, so I used my phone). She's was made at arsenal 296 in July of 1954. Has a four character logo between the arsenal number and the date. any idea what that might mean? I'll get her cleaned up tonight and find my camera for some better pics. The Bolt and receiver numbers match. The butt plate and Magazine floor plate numbers are different and have Izhevsk logo's on them. (Odd?)
The Chinese characters translate to "Type 53"
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Chinese Type 53 arrived today. Too gooey to take out of the box, so I just snapped this first pic. (couldn't find my camera, so I used my phone). She's was made at arsenal 296 in July of 1954. Has a four character logo between the arsenal number and the date. any idea what that might mean? I'll get her cleaned up tonight and find my camera for some better pics. The Bolt and receiver numbers match. The butt plate and Magazine floor plate numbers are different and have Izhevsk logo's on them. (Odd?)
The Chinese characters translate to " Year Type 53" That is not exact, but close enough. I have a half dozen of the Chinese Mosins. If they have a decent bore, they are great shooters. They have one of the best triggers of all Mosins. The reason they have mixed national parts is the rifle was probably sent from China to Albania where it served, and was repaired with Soviet parts.

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