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.