Yugoslavian SKS M59/66


You can stick 'em, You can nade 'em, or You can shoot 'em with the Yugo M59/66 7.62x39mm carbine.

The Yugoslavian M59/66 is the last of the SKS that are likely to be imported into the United States. Russian and Chinese variants have all been banned from importation and the Yugo M59/66 only gets to the US because of its Curio and Relic status. Any modifications and you may end up with an illegal assault weapon.

Technical Data/Specifications:

Cartridge: 7.62 x 39mm
Method of operation: Gas
Method of locking: Tilting block
Method of fire: Self loading
Magazine: 10-round fixed magazine
Weight: Unloaded 9 lbs.
Length: 43.9 inches
Barrel: 22 in (558mm) (Not Chrome Lined)
Rifling: 4 grooves, RH twist
Sights: Front - post ; Rear - tangent notch; front and rear flip-up phosphorous night sights. Front Grenade sight.
Muzzle Velocity: 2,410 ft/sec
Max. Effective Range: 433 yds
Bayonet: 11.5 in.
Muzzle Attachment: 22mm NATO Grenade Launcher.

There are basically two variants or the Yugoslavian M59/66. The first variant has no night sights while the second has night sights. Night sights appear to have been added around 1968.

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