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This is my Type 53 display. The T53 has 'fertiliser factory' marked on the butt, and I think this places its unit in the People's Militia. The training manual is titled People's Militia Operating Manual (Old Rifles and Sub-Machine Gun) (1973). The cap is the 1965-1985 style 'Liberation cap' of the People's Liberation Army. The T53 chest rig is dated 1960. The T53 sling dates to c.1972. The oil bottle is Chinese, but the tool kit is Soviet (working on it!).

This display represents a T53 issued a People's Liberation Army training cadre attached to the People's Militia c.1973.

 

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Thanks for the comments. I don't normally get into a full militaria side of a collection, but I will chase up a cleaning kit, bayonet and sling. This one is an exception with the chest rig, the T53 really sings out to me. The LPS ammo is Bulgarian, I don't have any Chinese ammo.
 

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It's a sighting tool to insure that the trainee shooting the rifle is aiming the sights properly. The coach verifies the proper use of the sights by looking in the periscope window on the side.
Yes, spot on. It's an 'aim corrector and was a standard British Commonwealth training tool from the Lee Enfield to the L1A1 SLR. never seen a photo of one for the Mosin though.
 

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Argh, I forgot to include something really important from the display here. The Quotations From Chariman Mao aka 'The Little Red Book'. It started life as a PLA publication in 1964 and by the height of the Cultural Revolution 1966-1976 it was required reading for every Chinese citizen and studied at school and in the work place. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quotations_from_Chairman_Mao

I think this is very much an essential piece of 'militaria' for a period collection. Certainly it would have been carried and studied by every Militiaman c.1972 and as essential as a T53.
 
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