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M53 REceiver?

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:34 pm
by shuckersfan
Got this a while back and think it's an M53 receiver. Can anyone confirm? Also, what's it worth?

Thanks!

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Re: M53 REceiver?

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:02 pm
by 42rocker
Pic of the front sight area would help out to confirm that it's a M53. Looks like one.
Value 600 to 900.

Later 42rocker

Re: M53 REceiver?

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:36 pm
by JBaum
The number 53 is on left side of the rearmost part of the receiver, so I'd say, well, hmmm, probably a 53.

Re: M53 REceiver?

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:20 pm
by Abominog
All the value is in the rear. 42 Rocker is about right. Complete kits went for $1200 to $1800 a few months ago depending on condition and pics. Now all the retailers are sold out. So value will go up.

Re: M53 REceiver?

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:20 pm
by JBaum
MG34.com had a German kit for sale at the Show of Shows. The front half of the receiver was uncut. It ended aft of the cam piece with a saw cut. I think it was $2,200.

Re: M53 REceiver?

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:51 am
by Abominog
German front ends w/ uncut bearing sell for $800 - $1000. Yugo w/ cut bearing about $150, maybe $180. Uncut bearing probably double that.

Complete German kits $2600+ and going up fast. Complete Yugo $1200-$1800, though I doubt we'll see any more at $1200. There is a one saw cut Yugo on GB for $2600.

Last April at KCR, TNW had two German MG42 kits, all rusty and crappy (stored damp) for $2450 each. I scoffed at that price, but they sold.

A complete Yugo receiver shell, single cut, sold last year at KCR for $1600.

IMHO kits with only the front of the receiver (cam forward) are useless. Aftermarket rears are available, but require precision welding, milling, and semi conversion. This is beyond the capability of even most welders, much less the home restorer. Add the price of the aftermarket rear, welding, milling, converting, grinding, and you're up to $1000- might as well put that money into a kit with all receiver parts, which cuts the work (and cost) in half.

Re: M53 REceiver?

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:48 pm
by shuckersfan
Thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback!