Vietnam Bringback Chinese Type 53 Mosin Nagant
With the last US Troops leaving Vietnam in 1973 so ended the supply of captured Viet Cong weaponry taken home as souvenirs. This Chinese Type 53 is one of those souvenirs. Built in 1960 it represents the last year of production of the Type 53 in China. Basically a Chinese copy of the Russian Mosin Nagant model 1944 it has the typical attached folding bayonet. This example is in some ways better than most Nam bringbacks as far as condition goes. The first thing you will notice is the many small dings and dents in the stock. The wood used on the Chinese variations was much softer than most Russian built versions, and as such were more prone to showing dings and dents. So while this one looks well used due to the wood, this is actually pretty good condition for a Type 53. Another nice feature of this one is that the numbers all match on the carbine... Many Nam bringbacks do not. The stock has never been sanded and refinished, and is all original and shows many factory small inspection stamps as it should. The worst part of the carbine is the bore. While it shows some rifling left, it is well worn, and shows some pitting and frost. Jungle conditions and corrosive ammo have taken a toll here. The muzzle is a bit loose, and will almost swallow a bullet. While it is shootable, I doubt it will ever be very accurate again. But then if you enjoy these interesting old bits of history, you are not looking for a target rifle anyways. As is correct, there are no import markings on this example.