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I saw this on gunboards, a 1955 dated Russian type 3. To me doesn't look like a khyber copy, the font looks Izhmash, the refurbishment marking is in the right spot, and the machining looks too good to be a copy. Interesting to say the least.

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Yes, a very nice Soviet built 1955 Type 3, not the only one out there but these are very rare. I have info/images only on three, one being a N/M kit in the US. Thank you for posting this image.

I'm not sure about the "officially repeated timeline", but In my own research 1955 was the first year of series production for Type 3's. The one in your image also looks every bit legitimate, at least I don't see any reason to question it. There are known examples of Soviet T3's covering 1955 up to 1961.
 

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i have one of these stashed away. pretty neat. buttstock is not laminate.
That's a famous example, for sure. It was the first one I ever saw. Plus it's almost in perfect shape with original blued finish. It would be very hard for me to decide to try and get one like that welded up, it's probably better kept like it is.
 

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Believe it or not, I've got a type 3 with original, serial numbered hardwood lower hand guard. I never thought they had used the hardwood lowers into the t3 production.
 

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Ffib, can you take some more detailed pictures for us, especially the stock? Any markings on it? Thanks!
 

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Believe it or not, I've got a type 3 with original, serial numbered hardwood lower hand guard. I never thought they had used the hardwood lowers into the t3 production.
That's incredible! Any chance you could post a picture of the handguard? Seems so rare to find serialed lowers
 
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