My War Trophy


Chicom Type 53 Carbine

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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…

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3 responses to “My War Trophy

  1. jesuspdlr

    Oh!, the buyer was a lucky man….

  2. usastruck

    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…

  3. jesuspdlr

    The rifle was beautiful, and a good trophy, but always the first thing to consider is the own family.
    I understand you, friend.

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