Chicom Type 53 Carbine
Numerous NVA weapon caches were uncovered by US troops in Cambodia.
The Chinese made Type 53 carbine in the picture above is similar to the one I had confiscated.
I managed to get it registered as a war trophy, and hand-carried it back to the ‘World’ when my tour was complete. I recall the strange looks I got as I carried it through Los Angeles International Airport.
A few years later I was short on cash and sold it to an antique dealer for $35…
3 responses to “My War Trophy”
Oh!, the buyer was a lucky man….
That $35 back in 1972 (when I sold the rifle) is equivilant to about $180 today.
I just ran it through an inflation conversion table.
That $35 back then probably bought one weeks groceries for my family…
The rifle was beautiful, and a good trophy, but always the first thing to consider is the own family.
I understand you, friend.