Development, Usage, and Collecting the Chinese T-53 Mosin Nagant
I have recently developed an interest in Mosins that were developed for usage in conjunction with the The People's Republic of China portion of the Cold War Era...(Korea, Vietnam, etc.)
...Unfortunately, I haven't found much info on the various Mosin Nagant websites about the T-53 (already been on MosinNagant.net and 7.62x554r.net and got what I could there)...but...am coming up a little light in the information and photograph department...specifically, I am interested in the development and wartime usage of this particular Mosin carbine...and how those things affect the COLLECTIBILITY of this firearm...
Can any of you seasoned veteran gunboarders please direct me to an older thread on GB to learn from, if there is one??...I have seen a few pics on here of some of the "bring backs" (VERRRRRRY cool, btw)...and that has given me a wealth of new info...but, can anyone shed any OTHER light on the usage of these guns??...
I do understand that much of the Cold War Era is shrouded in secrecy and mystery, and with the collapse of the Soviet Union, this shroud is slowly lifting...and, I also realize that the PRC's military information is impossible or, at the very least, hard to come by...but, some of you guys have been around these firearms for awhile...so...I figured this was the place to go for answers...
For instance, is it common to see these guns with mismatched parts? matched parts? force-matched parts?...was there field exchange of parts?...what is the refurb. history (if any) of the T-53?...any idea of arsenal information and production numbers?...any other interesting collector info that makes these carbines worth more or less?...
...ANY info at all would be greatly appreciated!!!
and, Mods...if this is OT, and you know of an old thread that I can glean info from without having to start this new one...please let me know...
MY FIRST TEN MOSIN NAGANTS:
1925 Izhevsk m1891/30 Ex-Dragoon- "Katalin"
1939 Tula m1891/30 Lam. Stock- "Irena"
1934 Tikka m27- "Tiina-Rakel"
1938 Tula m1891/30 Finn Captured- "Nainen Sodassa"
1955 Type 53 Carbine- "Thu Huong"
1944 Tikka m1891/30- "Isoäiti"
1942 VKT m1891- "Mummo"
1916 Tula PTG m1891 Finn'd- "Petra"
1967 No-Maker m39- "Tuuli"
1926-8 Bohler-Stahl m24- "Vanha Rouva"