That Stock color is beautiful in the sun. Almost has the charcoaled look of an Irkutsk refurb. Any /1\ stamp evident on the receiver anywhere?
Too bad about the lack of cartouche and sanded acceptance stamp on the right side, but hey, you canít ask for everything! All in all a very nice clean carbine. Nice uncommon Ď53 prefix too, not many of those around.
I hadn't had the barreled action out of the stock, until you asked. Those little Irkutsk triangles can be (partially) below the wood, so I popped it out. No sign of one. I'm not sure where this one was refurbished.
Yeah, at first glance I thought it might be a blank stock replacement, but the moderate rounding of the grasping grooves indicates it was sanded and refinished. I'd guess the handguard is original with it's slightly darker red finish.