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Hello all. In the AK/SKS section there has been discussion lately where the newly imported Chinese SKS's came from. I'd say the most plausible and widely held opinion is they come from Albania. Various guns have come in with mixed-country parts from Yugo/Russia/Romania and a good amount of guns have Albanian writing/carvings in them.

So I realized there were also the new T53's which could also be aid from China to Albania. These seem to be in the same beat up condition as the SKS's, which only the Albanians could love. For a good example of why these are beat up, watch some of this footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ku9b...=ULcecuTD5G4tY It's supposedly about WWII but you can see many SKS, and even some Mosins. This sort of cross-country mountain climbing would explain why many of the SKS (and also T53 perhaps) have lots of outer wear, but shooting wear is minimal.

If anyone has a newly imported T53, please show it with various country parts listed and showing any writing/carvings.
 

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Newly imported huh? None that I have seen are or were newly imported and to the best do exist. Bill
 

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Years ago I bought a Russian M-44. The bolt was clearly Chinese and it was stamped matching to the SN of the carbine. This was at the same time that beat up Mosins from the Balkans and Albania were flooding the market. The Albanians and the Chinese were close Allies. It is highly likely that the carbine was post-war aid to China, refurbed by the Chinese, and supplied to Albania.
 

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Newly imported huh? None that I have seen are or were newly imported and to the best do exist. Bill
There are some recently for sale from J&G Sales, AIM, and Impactguns, etc. and imported by CAI. These are what I'm referring to.
 

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I bought a T-53 last weekend - It has a darn near mint bore, the barreled action appears to have 95% or better bluing, all matching. No cleaning rod and the stock is sound but lots of handling marks, grasping grooves on the stock appear crisp. The carbine has dust every where in the nooks and crannies - The import mark is on the side of the receiver and it had a plastic Century tag through the trigger guard. Really nice piece.

Pahtu.

I wiped it down a bit today, before I did that I took some pics. No stock graffitti - Just a nice example of a Chinese T-53
















I am working on bore pics - Not CH quality.....not......yet....;)


 

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I got two T53 from Century a month or so ago. Both are numbers matching except for the bolts. One of the bolts is Russian. Metal is about 75%. Good bores. The stocks were beat up and dirty but a little steel wool made them look better. They were in much better shape then the one that were coming from Omega in AZ years ago.
 

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The recent T-53s and the T56 carbines have some similarity for sure. Most notably the ashy oxidized finish on some of them. I am unaware if they share an established connection.

I just took my T53 ( i got a few weeks ago) to the range today and it shot surprisingly well. It shot remarkably consistent 2-3" groups at 50yds. When I first received it, I noticed the bore had

very good rifling but had some pitting in spots. But after 40 rnds and a good cleaning, the bore looks much better. Just a light frost in a few spots in the grooves but sharp rifling and shiny.

I have got to say that the T53 has a very silky smooth action and a superb trigger. I have fired dozens of Mosins and the T53 action is better than most except for the Finnish. The stock,

however, is a different story altogether....


Here is mine.. matching except for the bolt. Stock came real hairy but shoots nice



 

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I acquired a t53 back in march of this year. It was from a lgs they got it from Century. Metal was 99+% 1953'11. Barrel, action and trigger all great. Stock was chewed on gouged and had the infamous white chalky residue/finish, upper handguard is beech. I figger this one spent some time in europe. The upper handguard matchs the stock on my polish better than the handguard tat came on it.
 

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I got this one last weekend factory 296 March 1954 production, totally mismatched serials, but the wood and bore look great, somebody painted some of the metal flat black but it will wear off in time. Was imported by KFS in Atlanta GA, very small stamp on barrel.
 

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I just bought 3 T53's from Century. Condition stated as GC-good-cracked. One is all matching with a good stock and decent bore, the other two are basket cases with sewer pit bores. Roll of the dice on these.
 

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I got this one last weekend factory 296 March 1954 production, totally mismatched serials, but the wood and bore look great, somebody painted some of the metal flat black but it will wear off in time. Was imported by KFS in Atlanta GA, very small stamp on barrel.
KFS was Keng's firearms. They were a big importer of ak rifles before 1989. I'm not sure when they went out of business, but think it was in the early 90's.

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Mine came with a disgusting looking stock, but a pretty decent overall finish on the metal. All matching except the bolt, which has a pretty ugly rust spot right at the base of the handle. Doesn't effect function though. The bore is pristine. I was amazed at the groups I got at 100 yards from a sandbag. As others have said, the action is silky smooth and the trigger pull is excellent.



 

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Here' a nice T53 I bought from SOG last year. It's a 1953/10 trials carbine.

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It has the same whitish cast to the varnish which I believe is water sucked into the finish.

The trigger pull is really nice on these carbines. This one shoots well, and is quite accurate at 100 yards. I never tried farther than that. I can barely see the target at 100.
 

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Here's another one, this time from Century (the source is surely the same). The stock is pretty beat up but the barreled action is pretty good, and the bore is in good shape.

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Note the red paint on the stock, which ran from the buttplate's red/yellow paint swash. This is a feature of some (many?) of the recent t53s.
 

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This sort of cross-country mountain climbing would explain why many of the SKS (and also T53 perhaps) have lots of outer wear, but shooting wear is minimal.
Something like this, apparently an Albanian border patrol (late 60s-70s): images.jpg
 

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Went to this gun show and found a bunch of beat up Chinese SKS rifles,and of course they had markings on them. Also my T-53 has got markings on it and looks like it was in a couple of wars. I posted pics in the T-53 thread going on here.
 

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Here's a '56 T53 from Century. 2012-10-12 05.29.10 (800x145).jpg 2012-10-12 05.29.27 (800x141).jpg 2012-10-12 05.29.50 (800x578).jpg 2012-10-12 05.30.15 (800x570).jpg 2012-10-12 05.30.35 (800x272).jpg 2012-10-12 05.31.03 (800x350).jpg 2012-10-12 05.31.16 (234x800).jpg 2012-10-12 05.33.01 (273x800).jpg
Again, sweet metal, great bore, good shooter, wood on the rough side. No numbers on the stock. Nice stamps on the stock.
 
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