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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
A few pictures of my Type-58. This very intriguing rifle is a favorite of mine.

While I think these T58 started their lives blued and polished, this one has be refinished at some point. Its actual color is dark gray and the bolt carrier is plum. Not sure where/when that was made though...
Does anyone has pictures of a war bringback T58 with showing similar finish?

Also, some rifles have "Type58" marked on their receiver (in Korean), other only the star. Also the selector markings changed at some point.
Does anybody know if that could denote an early production from a later one?



 

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Thanks for your comments.

May I ask how the top cover and bolt/carrier are marked?
The top cover has a 6 digit SN that does not match the receiver, same with the bolt.
Its bolt carrier is matching and is stamped with a 4 digit SN on its left side.

Matching parts on this rifle:
-bolt carrier
-recoil spring assembly
-upper handguard and tube

Would you need pictures?
 

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If you have any available that would be awesome! Gorgeous rifle by the way.



Thanks for your comments.



The top cover has a 6 digit SN that does not match the receiver, same with the bolt.
Its bolt carrier is matching and is stamped with a 4 digit SN on its left side.

Matching parts on this rifle:
-bolt carrier
-recoil spring assembly
-upper handguard and tube

Would you need pictures?
 

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WOW, thanks for those great pictures. Can you take pictures of all the parts in detail? Like the recoil, carrier, barrel markings, ect?

THANKS!!!!
 

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Incredible! Thanks for posting these pictures! It is a real treat.
I have heard that the plum color comes from East Germany but I could be wrong.
 

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Sorry I ran into some issues with the house lately but since everything is now sorted out, I will have time to take pictures next week-end!
 

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Very cool rifle.

One can tell from the visible pitting on this rifle that it has been reblued at some point. The "plum" color on the bolt and carrier is also an indicator, showing that a polished part that was previously "in the white" was dropped in a blueing tank.
Absolutely. Another clue is the upper handguard disassembly latch, under which the finish is polished and blued.

I'm currently trying to figure out where did the rifle come from, in which country it could have served. The refinish could be a clue actually.
From what I've gathered so far, all the T58 I've seen exhibiting the same refinish were imported in England. Now I'd be very interested to know from which country...
 

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Detailed pictures.

Serial number: 2 letters prefix + 4 digit + 1 letter suffix (all letter in Hangul)

Top cover, non matching, unknow origin


'Plum' colored bolt carrier, matching, 4 digits only


Bolt, non matching, 5 digits, unknown origin, extractor claw has the same 'plum' color as the carrier


Recoil spring assembly, non matching, re-numbered, unknown origin

 

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Lower handguard, non matching, 4 digit, hard wood, possibly North Korean




Lower handguard, unknown markings




Gas tube, matching, 4 digits only


Internals, firing control group and chamber


 

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Discussion Starter · #19 · (Edited)
Pistol grip and stock attachments screws



Laminated stock, showing signs of a marking painted red at some point


I couldn't take pictures of the chromed bore, which is quite heavily pitted unfortunately.
 

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Discussion Starter · #20 · (Edited)
Everytime I hold this rifle in my hands, I can't help but wonder where it did serve. Judging by the pitting, I would guess a humid country...

Member Slickster from England appears to own a T58 as well, which is said to have been imported from Yugoslavia. Unfortunately, his pictures are no longer online?
Did anyone have them saved somewhere?

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http://www.theakforum.net/forums/29-russian/72187-north-korean-ak-47-a.html
 
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