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Yugoslavian SKS M59/66 A1
Mosin-Nagant M44 Carbine
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   After World War 2 ended the Soviet Union needed a new and more up-to-date rifle to rifle to replace the 59-year-old series of Mosin-Nagant Bolt-Action Rifles and the older semi-automatic Tokarev SVT-40. The new rifle needed to be semi-automatic and able to fire the new M1943 Cartridge (7.62 x 39 mm), because the 7.62 x 54R round fired by the Mosin-Nagant's and the SVT-40. A Soviet Weapon's Designer by the name of Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov thought he had the answer to the Red Army's problem, he would design and present the Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova, the SKS. The SKS would be Russia's answer to the U.S. M-1 Carbine. The SKS was approved and served as the standard issue rifle of Soviet forces from 1949 to 1955. But the SKS seen action before that in 1945 a very limited number of Simonov's rifles were used against Nazi forces of the frontlines of World War II. But even thought Simonov's rifle was approved in 1949 as the Red Army's main battle rifle, it's life was short-lived, it was quickly replaced by Mikail Kalishnikov's Select-fire AK-47 assault rifles, Russia's equivelant to the U.S. M-16. But one thing the SKS did accomplish was showing the Soviet's that the Gas operated system was worthy of service and far more superior than the bolt-action system of the Mosin's. The SKS was mainly produced at the Tula and Izvesk Arsenals. But the SKS was not completely out-of-date yet, with the Warsaw Pact came the rights to manufacture war goods, including the SKS Carbine. Yugoslavia, China, Albania, Romania, East Germany, North Korea, and Vietnam all recieved Soviet rights and assistance in the making of the SKS-45 Carbine as it was called in Russia. Overall Russia, China, Yugoslavia, Romania, Albania, Poland, North Korea, Vietnam, and East Germany all produced atleast one variant of the SKS. Today only Russia, Romania, Albania, China, and North Korea use the SKS militarily, mostly just for ceremonial events such as military parades.
 

The SKS of The Yugoslav Federation:

The former Soviet satellite nation of Yugoslavia was one of six countries that the U.S.S.R. gave exclusive total rights of the SKS rifle to as part of the BLOC formation treaties of Communist Asian and Communist European countries. The SKS rifle became unimportant to almost all of the BLOC nations, and the only nation that was still using the SKS when the Soviet Union came to an unexpected end was Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia first produced the M59 SKS Carbine which was similiar to the original Soviet Siminov SKS 45. They then added a blade style bayonet, a flip-up ladder grenade sight, and a NATO specification .22mm grenade launcher on the end of the barrel that was similiar in appearence to a muzzle break or flash supressor, they then made their final design basic, they added a titanium night sighting system to the M59/66 SKS making it the M59/66A1 SKS. The Yugoslavian SKS' are some of the cheapest SKS' around, as well as the best next to the Russian SKS'. The main difference in the Yugo SKS' and the other models is that due to Yugoslavia's chromium shortages, the M59, M59/66, and M59/66A1/A2 are all without a chrome lined barrel! That is obviously not a major issue because the Yugoslavian SKS has seen action in the recent African and Middle-Eastern conflicts that the UN and U.S. have perticipated in. The Yugoslavian SKS', all three versions, are a popular rifle among Military Surplus Collectors and Arms Collectors alike.

   My SKS is the only SKS that is not a true carbine due to the added length of the .22 mm NATO Grenade Launcher, I recently bought it at a local pawnshop. It is all original and complete. I recently bought a 30 round Polymer Magazine for it. Below is a information table for the Yugoslavian M59/66 A1 SKS.

Nation Of Origin:
Yugoslavia
Type:

Gas-Operated Semi-Automatic Rifle

Variants:

(3) Yugo M59/66, Yugo M59/66A1, Yugo M59/66A2

Caliber:

7.62 mm

Cartridge:

7.62 x 39 mm

Weight:

13 Pounds, 7 oz.

Length:

3 Feet, 10 Inches

Primary Nation of Use:

Yugoslavia
Wars Used In:
Soviet-Afghan War, Russo-Chechen War, Persian Gulf War, Operation's Restore Hope and Gothic Serpent (Somalia), Kosovo, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)

Feed System:

10-Round Integral Box Magazine Fed by 10-Round Stripper Clips, Changeable to 5-Round Detachable Hunting Magazine, 10-Round Detachable Magazine, 15-Round Detachable Magazine, 20-Round Detachable Magazine, 30-Round Detachable Magazine, 40-Round Detachable Magazine