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Article about: For something slightly off base, I recently acquired a Chinese Type 53 carbine. It's a November 1953 "trials" rifle - needed some TLC to clean up some rust issues but worth the inv

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    For something slightly off base, I recently acquired a Chinese Type 53 carbine. It's a November 1953 "trials" rifle - needed some TLC to clean up some rust issues but worth the investment.

    I'm trying to find a correct sling and cleaning rod. No luck so far. Anyone have sources or suggestions?
    MarkV
    COL, U.S. Army (Ret.)

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    Can you not just use a M44 rod?
    I have also heard they used every thing from twine to SKS slings in Nam.

    Eric
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    Erik is right,M44 rod and SKS sling,look on Google images,there are places selling them.
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    I would think that MarkV is after the correct Chinese issue gear but finding it could prove very difficult-the rifles are usually pretty well used by the time the Chinese disposed of them let alone the accessories...

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    Thanks, guys! I think the originals had leather ties to secure the dog collars. But, there were certainly lots of variations over the years. I'll keep looking for awhile - but I'll probably end up having to use a Soviet variation - this is like finding a needle in a haystack.

    Here are some pics of the rifle. I had somesubstantial rust issues, especially inside the butt plate, narrel bands and on he bayonet. I was able to clean it up pretty well, though.

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    MarkV
    COL, U.S. Army (Ret.)

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