Yugloslavian SKS

Model M59/66A1

This rifle was developed by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. It saw limited deployment (in prototype form) by the Soviet Union during the last 2 years of World War II. It became the Soviet Union's main battle rifle after the war was over, but was replaced by the AK-47 during the 1950's. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union's satellite states produced copies of the Soviet design for their own use.

The M59/66 model was produced by Yugoslavia from 1967 to 1970 at the Zastava factory. My rifle was manufactured some time during 1969. This rifle is amazingly simple and very robust like almost all Soviet weapons.

Caliber: 7.62x39mm

Action: Semi-automatic

Sights: Fully adjustable iron sights with flip up front night sight. Also, there is a flip up grenade launching front sight.

Magazine: 10(or 11) round integrated magazine. Can be loaded with the use of stripper clips or one round at a time

Other: Integrated grenade launcher - standard 22mm NATO rifle grenades can be fired with the use of grenade launching blanks. Also has a 11.5" folding bayonet.


Front bipod clamps onto the barrel. It is an aftermarket bipod

Israeli practice rifle grenade set on the grenade launcher

Grenade sight and bayonet extended

Loaded stripper clip being inserted into the rifle

7.62x39mm ammo loaded on stripper clips

Israeli practice rifle grenade. NOT explosive. The tip is made out of rubber.

Israeli practice rifle grenade and 2 grenade launching cradles. Standard "pineapple" style grenades are attached to the top. The whole assembly is fired.

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