I know there are more than a few who despise 'bubbafied' milsurps, and while I agree with many of the examples which have been shown in these very forums; I have lent my creative process into making this particular example into something a bit more attractive and functional so slam away if you must. A few weeks ago Buds Gunshop had Type 53 Chinese Mosins for $119.00 and I ended up ordering 3 of them. Initial reports were that most examples were in extremely rough condition, mine of which were no exception. 2 of the 3 are what are best described as beaters, the stocks are absolutely wrecked, actions full of sand, but the metal is surprisingly in relative good condition. The best of the 3 I will leave intact, rework the given stock and keep in original condition. This poor beast was the worst of the lot prior to the work. The stock is from Boyd's, which was a tossup between Forest Camo or the Nutmeg laminate; ended up with the camo. Metal parts are DuraCoated with Aug Green. My eyes are to the point where aperture sights are much preferred, so I cut off the back of the rear leaf sight, drilled/tapped for an aperture stem and a setscrew for vertical adjustment. Bayonet lug was filed down flat.