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Rekrab
05-07-2011, 8:37 PM
Picked this little M44 clone a couple days ago and finally had a chance to clean her out and snap some pictures.

I'm loving the beat to hell look, the metal has a really nice patina in places and the wood is seriously gouged and dinged. However, despite the wear and tear on the exterior, the bore looks pretty good with strong sharp rifling. So whoever had it either shot it very little, or cleaned it very well. He just didn't take great care of the wood...

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b370/Phrozenfx/T-53/SAM_0252.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b370/Phrozenfx/T-53/SAM_0248.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b370/Phrozenfx/T-53/SAM_0244.jpg

I love the "Made in China" stamping...
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b370/Phrozenfx/T-53/SAM_0239.jpg


More pics:
http://s23.photobucket.com/albums/b370/Phrozenfx/T-53/

I can't wait to take this rifle out because I love my Romanian M44 but I hate taking it out because it's in pristine condition. So hopefully if all goes well this one can be my new shooter.

Saigon1965
05-07-2011, 8:42 PM
Those things got around the world - Any import markings on her?

Rekrab
05-07-2011, 8:46 PM
There are three marks total: the "Made in China" stamp on the trigger guard, another that says "7.62x54R Made in China" on the part of the bayonet that snaps over the barrel, and then on the barrel, behind the front sight it says "KFS ATL GA"

mauser98k
05-07-2011, 8:55 PM
i love the "Made in China" stamp. makes it sound like a cap gun

mosinnagantm9130
05-07-2011, 9:15 PM
Nice T53.

lol-this is my post number 1891...I won't get another mosin related post count until 9130.

nick
05-07-2011, 10:24 PM
Nice rifle. I'm looking for one, as well.

nick
05-07-2011, 10:25 PM
Nice T53.

lol-this is my post number 1891...I won't get another mosin related post count until 9130.

How about 2876? :)

nick
05-07-2011, 10:27 PM
Also 2830 and 5491.

easy
05-07-2011, 10:44 PM
The stock on the T53 I got from Omega ($51.00 delivered!) was sooo bad you need gloves to handle it. Splinters, gouges, dents, holes, just horrible. I replaced it with a M44 stock I 'found' for free.

Rekrab
05-08-2011, 12:25 AM
From what I was reading, while the machines these T53s were built on were identical to the Russian ones, the wood was a much softer type of wood compared to other Mosins. So that might explain why these stocks are generally so beat.

Oh, and Omega still has these, but they're asking $65.