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01-08-2016, 10:12 PM
I just aquired a beautiful Zastava M59/66A1 with the elm stock and phosphorous sights. And of course the launcher. It has only had approximately 120 rounds fired. It still had some cosmo on it internally. It hadn't been fired in over 15 years. The stock has only two very small imperfections that need close scrutiny to be visable.

I spent a few hours totally disassembling the rifle and cleaning what was left of the cosmo. Treating the wood with linseed oil. Lubing and function testing the action. The firing pin was seized and needed thorough cleaning. And the bayonet was seized in the locked down position with dried cosmo. The bore had never been cleaned and had some copper fouling and lots of soot. It is now shiny. I looked at the barrel with my boroscope and it looks new. The lands are nice and deep with no frosting or pitting. This barrel is pristine. But with only 120 rounds fired, it should look this way. Even though the last time it was fired was over 15 years ago. (And no, these did not have chrome lined barrels.)

Unfortunately, it didn't come with a sling, or any accessories. Being a safe queen for so long makes accessories vanish it seems. I have a genuine Yugo leather sling and a field cleaning kit sourced.

Took a couple of quick pics, mainly to show off the wood. Very nice elm.




I'll take some better ones when I get to the range in a week or so. And do a full review.

Rory McCanuck
01-08-2016, 10:34 PM
That's really the Fiat 124 compared to the Ladas, isn't it?
Very nice.

01-08-2016, 10:38 PM
Always nice to see them. Had a couple m59s, never did get a m59/66
The price for them now, won't ever see either again.

01-08-2016, 10:42 PM
Definitely the Cadillac of SKS rifles if there is such a thing....

01-09-2016, 07:06 PM
I just came into a very nice vintage 1976 Yugoslavian M59/66A1 SKS. The history of this rifle has been in a safe for the last 15 plus years. Total rounds shot are right around 120 of lead tipped hunting rounds (non-corrosive).


These Yugo rifles are a bit unusual. The most telling feature is a grenade launcher at the muzzle. The end does look like a brake, but it is not. There is a switch to turn off the gas system and enable single firing to use the launcher. And there is a rather tall sight at the muzzle for grenades.


You can also see the flip up phosphorous (yellow) front sight in this picture. And the gas valve knob too.


Another wonderful feature of this example, is the stock. This vintage has an Elm stock. There are only two flaws and you really need to look hard to see them.



But a drawback of the beautiful wood, is the weight. The Yugo's are the heaviest SKS's. And this one has a decided balance shift forward. Although it does shoulder very well.

The action, after some judicious cleaning, is almost unmarked. As is the bolt and carrier. Although the firing pin was seized and needed some serious cleaning.



The bayonet is standard issue blade type. And when I got the rifle, it was seized in the locked down position. Lots of CLP and working the joint freed it up.


And.... no fugly rivits in this magazine!


The back of the dust cover that also shows the rear phosphorous sight.


So, I hope you enjoyed the pictures. I found a great source of information about the serial number that told me when it was built. If anyone would like the link, just P.M. me. I'll be glad to give it to you. Next stop is the range. I'll report back on the rifle's performance. As well as how it compares to a Russian Tula 55/56 and a classic Chicom.

01-09-2016, 07:37 PM
Nice score.

01-10-2016, 12:23 AM
And.... no fugly rivits in this magazine!

Good stuff, the ones with the giant ass weld/rivet in the bottom... UGLY

01-10-2016, 08:14 AM
That truly is one nice SKS!

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01-12-2016, 10:32 PM
Nice looking rifle .

04-03-2016, 06:55 PM
Beauty for sure!!

04-03-2016, 08:35 PM
Thanks everyone. But alas, it's no longer mine. A fine expat-Yugoslav gent found me and now owns a piece of his homeland.