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Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS

Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS

Like my other SKS, the Chinese Type 56 SKS, the M59/66 SKS is fun and cheap to shoot. Note the folding bayonet under the barrel. This is an A1 model that includes fold-up tritium night sights.



The Yugoslav's made two types of Simonov based carbines, both of which are considered to be of exceptionally high quality. They started in 1959 with a rifle more or less identical to the Russian SKS-45, the M59. Seven years later, in 1966, they started producing the M59/66. The M59/66's most obvious feature is the compensator looking grenade launcher fitting on the barrel. Other differences include a gas cutoff valve on gas block, a folding front sight ladder, and night sights.

The Yugoslavian SKS M59/66 is a semi-auto carbine in 7.62x39 mm caliber. It features an integral 22mm NATO spec grenade launcher fitting, flip-up grenade and night sights, and a folding 11.5" blade bayonet. Made with milled and machined parts, and durable hardwood, the Yugoslavian SKS has quality and craftsmanship unmatched by the other European and Asian models.


Cartridge: 7.62 x 39mm
Method of operation: Gas
Method of locking: Tilting block
Method of fire: Self loading
Method of feed: 10-round fixed magazine
Weight, unloaded: 9 lbs.
Length: 42 inches
Barrel: 20.5 in (521mm)
Rifling: 4 grooves, RH twist
Sights: Front - post; Rear - tangent notch
Muzzle Velocity: 2,410 ft/sec
Max. Effective Range: 433 yds


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