A buddy told me of a local pawnshop having a Mosin, so we went there at lunch time to see it. It's a Chinese Type 53 Carbine. Those are rare in this area, we normally see only the Russian and East European models. I checked the markings with the Mosin.net site, and it is an early Type 53. Instant exclusivity! The bad news is, it's been bubba'd! The stock has been cut down. It was in good shape, wood wise. Finding a decent stock shouldn't be too hard. The metal is in excellent condition, and the blueing still strong. The bore is dirty (no surprise, at a pawnshop!) but the rifling looks good. It should cleanup very nice. I don't currently have a carbine, so I'm thinking seriously of buying it this afternoon. I like the idea of rescuing an old abused warhorse, and restoring it. What do you think, guys? I can never have too many Mosins! My shoulder says no, but my heart says "go for it!"