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Cant figure this one out,Have a 53 with brown mustard paint over black. Its a 1286 factory made in 1953.12.The part that gets me is the serial no on reciever is A59xxx with a really unusual chinese character after the serial no.
Cant find it any where.
 

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I have a T53 from 53 that is the same. I also heard the mark after the number meant it was a trials rifle but don't know if that is true or not. Evidently they continued the mark into early 54. The factory number is actually 296. Mine is 53.9, my birth year and month, one of the reasons I bought it.


"shi" meaning "test" or "trials"
1953 T53 following serial number
 
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