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Taiwanese Winchester M70
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November 13, 2021 - 10:23 am
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It’s been an interesting week finding guns, but one of them has me baffled. I purchased a Winchester Model 70 that has provenance to the Taiwanese military and I’m wondering if it might have some US military history as well. The rifle is in the same serial number range as the 373 WWII USMC M70 rifles, it has some barrel markings and a plaque tacked onto the side of the stock. The plaque and barrel markings are in Chinese, so I got some help with translating them. The barrel says Taiwan Army and the plaque says the rifle was a gift from Taiwan in Minguo 46 (Gregorian 1957), but it doesn’t say who it was gifted to.

How did an M70 in the USMC serial number range end up in Taiwan military in the 1950’s? Maybe a relic from the Korean War? The USMC serial number range for these rifles is quite vast, it’s roughly from 40,xxx to 51,xxx. Out of those ~11,000 numbers the Corps only ordered 373, so that leaves a ton of room for other orders. Maybe the Taiwanese government ordered some M70’s during the Chinese Civil War?

Hopefully someone here might have some information on this rifle! I pretty much bought it for the receiver, I have some original USMC M70 sniper rifle takeoff parts and all I need is a suitable receiver in the correct serial number range. So, this rifle might get converted into a sniper rifle (I’ll save all the sporter parts, I can always convert it back to original condition if need be).

What do you guys think? Have any of you seen something like this before or know anything about it’s history? Any information would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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Very cool, but no idea that will help you, sorry.

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Well, I guess this one will remain a mystery rifle. I’ll keep researching and I’ll post any info if I dig something up. If any of you guys come across some information about this rifle or information that is anyway relevant to this rifle, please post it here. Hopefully we’ll find something

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Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any information about this rifle. Since it’s in the USMC serial number range and I have some original USMC M70 sniper rifle take-off parts, I think I’m going to strip this rifle down and rebuild it as a sniper variant. I’ll post photos here when the project is completed. I guess I also need to start looking for another vintage USMC Unertl 8x scope!

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