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The only good war story I know about Viet nam capture sniper rifles were the two I passed up in 1975. There was a gun shop in Phoenix (Gunsmoke Gun Shop) who carried a lot of militaria. The owner had two 91/30 snipers with capture papers, each was $225.00. And I thought, "Neat rifles but for another $75.00 I can buy a REALLY cool AR-15". Duuuuuuuuuuuuuumb
 

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Years ago I picked up a 91/30 sniper that came from Vietnam. A guy I used to work with was in the Navy on a supply ship off Vietnam and got the rifle in a trade. He brought it home to use for deer hunting. It is a Izhevsk 1943 sn# KK4048 with a laminated stock. I believe it is refurbished. There are no import marks on it. He told me that his no good ex-roomate had run off with the scope so he thought he would get rid of it. I offered him $125 for it and he jumped at it. My brother the gunsmith had a PU scope it his large collection of odds and ends. $75 later and it was mine. Imagine his surprise when I produced the rifle and attached the scope to it. With very little adjustment, it is a fine shooting rifle. The scope I believe is a good match for the rifle. The scope is marked with a star , hammer and sickle over sort of a crescent, 91/30, and the sn# No.5-156161. Boy was I lucky with that one. Cheers
 

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Since what I collect is Vietnam bringback snipers (and they have gotten really scarce lately), I have a few and most have stories, as I ask for them. Some were cache pieces, one a Vz57 came out of a bunker after an action, and one, a 91/30, came with the following written story:

"The sniper rifle was taken while I was on detached duty from the 5th Marines, serving in a C.A. P. unit in Quan Nam Province at Duc-Duc and Duc Thaim district in 1969. The NVA sniper team had been creating havoc with the troops of the 5th and 11th Marines around the An Hoa Combat Base. Several major attempts had been mounted against them by conventional serach methods from the 5th Marines. But to no avail, the sniper team eluded all operations against them.

Our C.A.P. unit received an intelligence report that the team would be in our area to terminate the USMC presence and to show the NVA power in the area. We set up an ambush site in an area we figured would be a good sniper spot. After a day wait, the sniper team consisting of two individuals with three support troops with them (sic). One VC and one NVA came into the ambush site at which time the ambush was sprung on them, killing all five. Photographs were made. Documents and Identification were taken. The sniper was of Eurasian stature while his team mate was Chinese. The three support troops were Vietnamese."

The rifle came with safe conduct passes the sniper team was carrying as well as a photo of the sniper team after the ambush.
 

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Since what I collect is Vietnam bringback snipers (and they have gotten really scarce lately), I have a few and most have stories, as I ask for them. Some were cache pieces, one a Vz57 came out of a bunker after an action, and one, a 91/30, came with the following written story:

"The sniper rifle was taken while I was on detached duty from the 5th Marines, serving in a C.A. P. unit in Quan Nam Province at Duc-Duc and Duc Thaim district in 1969. The NVA sniper team had been creating havoc with the troops of the 5th and 11th Marines around the An Hoa Combat Base. Several major attempts had been mounted against them by conventional serach methods from the 5th Marines. But to no avail, the sniper team eluded all operations against them.

Our C.A.P. unit received an intelligence report that the team would be in our area to terminate the USMC presence and to show the NVA power in the area. We set up an ambush site in an area we figured would be a good sniper spot. After a day wait, the sniper team consisting of two individuals with three support troops with them (sic). One VC and one NVA came into the ambush site at which time the ambush was sprung on them, killing all five. Photographs were made. Documents and Identification were taken. The sniper was of Eurasian stature while his team mate was Chinese. The three support troops were Vietnamese."

The rifle came with safe conduct passes the sniper team was carrying as well as a photo of the sniper team after the ambush.
Great story, Hope you are well. I know you have amazing rifles in this catagory. We look forward to your pics. All I have is my undocumented M-52 Hungarian with period stock repairs and scrubbed soviet scope. Show us your first class goodies, please.
 

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Since what I collect is Vietnam bringback snipers (and they have gotten really scarce lately), I have a few and most have stories, as I ask for them. Some were cache pieces, one a Vz57 came out of a bunker after an action, and one, a 91/30, came with the following written story:

"The sniper rifle was taken while I was on detached duty from the 5th Marines, serving in a C.A. P. unit in Quan Nam Province at Duc-Duc and Duc Thaim district in 1969. The NVA sniper team had been creating havoc with the troops of the 5th and 11th Marines around the An Hoa Combat Base. Several major attempts had been mounted against them by conventional serach methods from the 5th Marines. But to no avail, the sniper team eluded all operations against them.

Our C.A.P. unit received an intelligence report that the team would be in our area to terminate the USMC presence and to show the NVA power in the area. We set up an ambush site in an area we figured would be a good sniper spot. After a day wait, the sniper team consisting of two individuals with three support troops with them (sic). One VC and one NVA came into the ambush site at which time the ambush was sprung on them, killing all five. Photographs were made. Documents and Identification were taken. The sniper was of Eurasian stature while his team mate was Chinese. The three support troops were Vietnamese."

The rifle came with safe conduct passes the sniper team was carrying as well as a photo of the sniper team after the ambush.
Is that the one Frenchy picked up?...;)
 

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Naw, Frenchy is hanging onto that one for dear life (tho if you ever change your mind Frenchy...). This one is from another Marine who was a collector in VN. He brought back everything from this sniper to an rpg to a Mak to a Tok...you name it. Uniforms, his Winchester Model 12 trenchgun, belts, etc. He gave me letters on most everything - 16 years later I still have everything. I also have original issues of Leatherneck magazine where he is written about. To me he is a true hero, 5 years incountry, did missions with SOG...I am proud to be the caretaker of his history.

Mike, I looked and amazing as it seems the only photo of this 91/30 I have is of the buttstock only and also of the cleaning kit they took. It was the first sniper I ever got and at that time we didn't have digital cameras, so somewhere in a box are other photos.
 

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I pulled one out of a cache along with a PPSH 43 and a MAT 49.
Looked like they had been stashed there and left.

I had collected arms before my service and at the time MNs were so poorly regarded I never really gave it a second look. I THINK it had the larger type scope.
I gave it to my guys to turn in for the reward.
I kept the PPSH and MAT 49 for a while and cleaned them up. The MAT was neat with the folding mag.
Finally threw them in on a trade along with some "genyoowine" VC flags and crossbows to a 130 crew for a load of chow.
 

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I pulled one out of a cache along with a PPSH 43 and a MAT 49.
Looked like they had been stashed there and left.

I had collected arms before my service and at the time MNs were so poorly regarded I never really gave it a second look. I THINK it had the larger type scope.
I gave it to my guys to turn in for the reward.
I kept the PPSH and MAT 49 for a while and cleaned them up. The MAT was neat with the folding mag.
Finally threw them in on a trade along with some "genyoowine" VC flags and crossbows to a 130 crew for a load of chow.
Man, yer bringing tears to my eyes...! I've been trying to find one with a PE scope for years. MrNVA sold me a fake a few years ago (since he had two, I'm assuming some other poor slob has the other one he thinks is good), and I've seen a photo of one in the book CHICOM but other than that, no luck.
 

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Here is a Nam bringback. No papers but the guy I bought it from got it from a vet. The large locking screw has been replaced with a rough home made screw that doesn't even have the slot cut in it fully. Ray
 

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Willy P and Richard from NY have great VC collections. I hope they post. I had two sterilized 91/30 PU's a long time back. One Hungarian and one Russian that I sold. I wish I kept them now.
 

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Since what I collect is Vietnam bringback snipers (and they have gotten really scarce lately), I have a few and most have stories, as I ask for them. Some were cache pieces, one a Vz57 came out of a bunker after an action, and one, a 91/30, came with the following written story:

"The sniper rifle was taken while I was on detached duty from the 5th Marines, serving in a C.A. P. unit in Quan Nam Province at Duc-Duc and Duc Thaim district in 1969. The NVA sniper team had been creating havoc with the troops of the 5th and 11th Marines around the An Hoa Combat Base. Several major attempts had been mounted against them by conventional serach methods from the 5th Marines. But to no avail, the sniper team eluded all operations against them.

Our C.A.P. unit received an intelligence report that the team would be in our area to terminate the USMC presence and to show the NVA power in the area. We set up an ambush site in an area we figured would be a good sniper spot. After a day wait, the sniper team consisting of two individuals with three support troops with them (sic). One VC and one NVA came into the ambush site at which time the ambush was sprung on them, killing all five. Photographs were made. Documents and Identification were taken. The sniper was of Eurasian stature while his team mate was Chinese. The three support troops were Vietnamese."

The rifle came with safe conduct passes the sniper team was carrying as well as a photo of the sniper team after the ambush.
Thats a great story thanks!
 

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Since what I collect is Vietnam bringback snipers (and they have gotten really scarce lately), I have a few and most have stories, as I ask for them. Some were cache pieces, one a Vz57 came out of a bunker after an action, and one, a 91/30, came with the following written story:

"The sniper rifle was taken while I was on detached duty from the 5th Marines, serving in a C.A. P. unit in Quan Nam Province at Duc-Duc and Duc Thaim district in 1969. The NVA sniper team had been creating havoc with the troops of the 5th and 11th Marines around the An Hoa Combat Base. Several major attempts had been mounted against them by conventional serach methods from the 5th Marines. But to no avail, the sniper team eluded all operations against them.

Our C.A.P. unit received an intelligence report that the team would be in our area to terminate the USMC presence and to show the NVA power in the area. We set up an ambush site in an area we figured would be a good sniper spot. After a day wait, the sniper team consisting of two individuals with three support troops with them (sic). One VC and one NVA came into the ambush site at which time the ambush was sprung on them, killing all five. Photographs were made. Documents and Identification were taken. The sniper was of Eurasian stature while his team mate was Chinese. The three support troops were Vietnamese."

The rifle came with safe conduct passes the sniper team was carrying as well as a photo of the sniper team after the ambush.
Intresting story!
I remember the pics of the Vz57, you sent me, It is a great and beatiful rifle, in outstanding conditions!
Any chance to see some more pics of your Viet bringback sniper rifles? :)

P.S.How's your son?Is he still in service in Italy?

Warmest regards.
 

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This has been posted before, but here is a few poor shots of my Hungarian alleged RVN bring back. It had half of a scope cover, fungus growing inside the scope, scrubbed Soviet scope markings, Soviet base, era looking stock repair(?teak) and matching well marked M-52/02 parts. Has the look, no papers and a simple story---bought from a vet in 1969.
 

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Willy P and Richard from NY have great VC collections. I hope they post...
Since Vic is being so nice, I had to post something! :) At the moment, I don't have any photos handy of anything in my collection, but here's one of the nicest Vietnam bringback snipers you are ever going to see. It's on display at the West Point Museum and was presented to the Military Academy in 1965, having been captured by the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
 

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In a somewhat related topic..., if you are in, or visiting the Columbus, Ohio area be sure to visit the Motts Military Museum. It is located southeast of Columbus on Hamilton Road in Groveport, Ohio. It is a private museum dedicated to soldier memorabilia from the Civil War through modern times. Warren Motts and his wife operate the non-profit museum.
I did not count them, but there are several examples each SKS, T53 and PU sniper capture rifles as well as many other interestig items. The Vietnam War section is still under construction so you may have to ask to see it.
Many other firearms and ordnance including a tank that Arnold Schwarzenegger operated in the Austrian military service and some other captured Russian artillery captured in Iraq or Afghanistan.
http://www.mottsmilitarymuseum.org/arnold.html

Home page.
http://www.mottsmilitarymuseum.org/
 

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No capture papers or story, but the stock is well worn, and the rifle has the look. I bought it without the scope (and without the story). I put on the 91/30 scope I just got off evil-pay (the base was on the rifle when I got it, and is 02 marked). All other parts are 02 marked, and serials match except the bolt, which is the same prefix, but a later number. If I had to bet on it, I would bet it was a bringback. Bringback or not, it is the crown jewel of my humble collection.

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I have a PE scoped Mosin that has the original capture papers. Its an odd combo in that it has a '37 dated rifle with a '37 dated scope from an uncommon optics group in Russia for that time, as if it was a very early side-mount prototype or early production. At least this is what I have had conversations about with a few guys.
However, it has papers stating it was brought in this way and it was pricey when I got it of course. Any of you guys hear of any non-PU Mosin snipers brought back with papers?

Cheers!
 

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Since Vic is being so nice, I had to post something! :) At the moment, I don't have any photos handy of anything in my collection, but here's one of the nicest Vietnam bringback snipers you are ever going to see. It's on display at the West Point Museum and was presented to the Military Academy in 1965, having been captured by the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
Is that a bullet that damaged the TT-33 pistol?
 

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Is that a bullet that damaged the TT-33 pistol?
Ricky:

Yes, that TT-33 took a couple of hits from an M16, if I remember correctly. I may have a photo of the museum's information card that appears below the display. If so, I'll post it here.
 
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