That Russian rifle may still be going to naive GI buyers in Korea. I
bought a burpgun in early '53 for $10. Later, finding out that I couldn't
sent it home, I traded it to an Austrialian soldier for a new pair of
Aussie boots. Didn't get home with the boots either.
John Cheek Korea 1953
In a message dated 12/22/2003 1:10:47 PM US Mountain Standard Time,
Yes. Most frontline NK troops when the war began were
Russian weapons -- Russian rifle, Russian carbine (bolt
PpSh (burpgun), pistols, to say nothing of T-34 tanks,
Su-76 SP guns and
Russian artillery. Second echelon and support
troops generally had a mix
of Japanese and Russian
The enemy even used 22 cal rifles and those were the only captured
weapons we were allowed to bring back to the states and during my year
there, I never saw one of those 22 rifles. All other weapons were
I had a brand new Russian rifle, but since I could not bring it home, I
sold it to a kid in the artillery for $20.00. Did not make mention that
he could not go home with it.
John Sonley Korea 1951
Stay safe, buddy.
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