Chinese Type 53 "Stabilization/Restoration" Project

East of Here
Posts: 223
Joined: March 28th, 2013, 7:24 pm

Chinese Type 53 "Stabilization/Restoration" Project

Post #1 by East of Here » August 21st, 2013, 9:22 pm

Chinese Type 53:

[thumbnail]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/JFK1969/new%20projects/china1_zpscb84d3ce.jpg[/thumbnail]

Production date 1955:

[thumbnail]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/JFK1969/new%20projects/china2_zps16f3f1ee.jpg[/thumbnail]

Overhead of the action:

[thumbnail]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/JFK1969/new%20projects/china4_zpsf5708dd3.jpg[/thumbnail]

Stock condition. You can see the crystallized cosmoline in/on the wood. Also, there is a vague cartouche (yellow arrow) and some roughly carved Chinese graffiti (red arrow):

[thumbnail]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/JFK1969/new%20projects/china3_zpsb0c25e24.jpg[/thumbnail]

Overall, the condition is pretty good. In normal "scale of 1 to 10" terms, this rifle is about a 3 or 4. However, given the usual horrifying condition of Type 53's, that 3 or 4 equals a 12. I am going to have to cook the cosmoline out of the stock somehow. Then, I will have to try to clean up/smooth out those stock dings. Then, I will probably have to put some boiled linseed oil on the stock. And, as for the metal, I will have to clean up a few rust spots, but overall the finish is not too bad. Then, when I have decided that my shoulder needs a good ass-whipping, I will grit my teeth and shoot the thing. Once.

East of Here
Posts: 223
Joined: March 28th, 2013, 7:24 pm

Re: Chinese Type 53 "Stabilization/Restoration" Project

Post #2 by East of Here » August 21st, 2013, 9:23 pm

I moved this to its own thread in the "Hobbies" folder, as Foggy was nice enough to create the "Hobbies" forum at my request. This way, I can leave the Oracle's Gun & Knife thread alone.

East of Here
Posts: 223
Joined: March 28th, 2013, 7:24 pm

Re: Chinese Type 53 "Stabilization/Restoration" Project

Post #3 by East of Here » August 21st, 2013, 9:49 pm

The bolt assembly is in pretty good shape:

[thumbnail]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/JFK1969/new%20projects/chinabolt_zpsc839cf3e.jpg[/thumbnail]

As is the magazine assembly:

[thumbnail]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/JFK1969/new%20projects/chinaclip1_zps99cf9e7a.jpg[/thumbnail]

Overall, the condition of the action is exceptional:

[thumbnail]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/JFK1969/new%20projects/chinabreech_zps34915c23.jpg[/thumbnail]

East of Here
Posts: 223
Joined: March 28th, 2013, 7:24 pm

Re: Chinese Type 53 "Stabilization/Restoration" Project

Post #4 by East of Here » August 21st, 2013, 9:53 pm

The proofs, complete with the 1955 manufacture date:

[thumbnail]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/JFK1969/new%20projects/chinadate_zps4b0c5c07.jpg[/thumbnail]

The bore is excellent. It is hard to take a good bore picture, but this one shows that the bore is a mirror. What you can't really see well is that the threads are crisp. There is a LOT of life left in this barrel:

[thumbnail]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/JFK1969/new%20projects/chinabore_zps10304113.jpg[/thumbnail]

The extra $20 I spent to get a hand-selected rifle, as opposed to simply taking whatever they grabbed out of the pile, was a good investment. Back in the day, the Chinese were not known for taking very good care of their weapons. Most of these type 53's are proof of that neglect. However, some of these rifles are still in decent shape and it is well worth the extra $$$ to get a hand select.

East of Here
Posts: 223
Joined: March 28th, 2013, 7:24 pm

Re: Chinese Type 53 "Stabilization/Restoration" Project

Post #5 by East of Here » August 21st, 2013, 10:24 pm

I surface stripped the stock. Mainly, this was necessary in order to get the cosmoline out of the wood. Back in 1955, this stock actually had some pretty decent figuring - for a 3rd world military rifle:

[thumbnail]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/JFK1969/new%20projects/strip1_zpsa10621e7.jpg[/thumbnail]

There are a LOT of cuts, dings and scratches. The last 60 years have not been kind to the old girl:

[thumbnail]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/JFK1969/new%20projects/strip3_zpscad529e1.jpg[/thumbnail]

However, once I got the cosmoline out of the stock and started looking at the markings, I just couldn't bring myself to hit it with sandpaper. There is a lot of character in those dings, cuts and scratches. Also, I didn't want to mess up the cartouches/markings. So... I just hit it with a coat of stain and oil:

[thumbnail]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/JFK1969/new%20projects/strip4_zps83b41b1e.jpg[/thumbnail]

It will probably need another coat before I am satisfied with it. Mainly, I want to ensure that there is enough oil in there to maintain the integrity of the wood. It is rather difficult to work with this stock. Part of the problem is that this particular wood is some strange species of Chinese hardwood. English walnut, it is not...

John Thomas8
Posts: 961
Joined: August 7th, 2012, 10:53 am
Location: Fuquay Varina, NC
Contact:

Re: Chinese Type 53 "Stabilization/Restoration" Project

Post #6 by John Thomas8 » August 21st, 2013, 10:34 pm

Chue wood. The original T53 finish was red shellac.


Return to “Hobbies & Passions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest