Any background to that Vietnam statement? Not knocking you but that is how internet legends are born. The "could have" or "might have been" statements in one sentence. Asking for more backgrpund or proof in markings, grafitti, documented aid from VN to Albania etc.That's what I heard. These are from a conflict in Albania. They were supplied as aid. They may have even been used in Vietnam at one time as well. The age of these makes it feasible. Don't know....
I remember when that was first floated while we were putting the Albanian theory together. The OP said a rep at J&G told him they came from Vietnam. We have established any Vietnam connection as being very thin on facts and only the one J&G rep is said to have stated that. Century has been hush hush, but the physical evidence suggest that these were recently in Albania. The number of poor quality replacement stocks and non-standard parts would imply that they were there at least after the fall of the communist regime and probably gained a lot of their noted "character" from the late 1990s conflict where people would have repaired them as best they could. Afterall AIM had a vast supply of Albanian spare parts early in the game and those presumably would have been available to any government armorer conducting repairs for the government. In the meantime they have come in with all manner of Albanian carvings and components. Oddly, most of the all matching gun with the original Chinese stocks are devoid of carvings so it might be fair to think that those remained in the hands of the regular military or a government organization (although that is only a theory). They certainly werent carved up and broken under Hoxha... destruction of the Peoples Property would have been a no-no under that regime.Any background to that Vietnam statement? Not knocking you but that is how internet legends are born. The "could have" or "might have been" statements in one sentence. Asking for more backgrpund or proof in markings, grafitti, documented aid from VN to Albania etc.
On the surface Albania was a Chinese ally., Vietnam was a Chinese enemy by 1975 and at war by 1978.. Liklihood of aid or alliance = slim. This not being proof but verifiable truth.
IIRC there was a ponzi type scheme that bankrupted a lot (huge numbers) of Albanians, this was largely because they had little understanding of the free market following 50 years of hardline communism, the people rioted, then troops defected and the country fell apart, most of the armouries were looted and anarchy ensuedWell, time to learn some more about 1997.