SMOF6881 - YUGOSLAVIAN SKS-STYLE M59/66 7.62 X 39MM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE (FROM THE HART COLLECTION! These were built at the famous Zastava State Arsenal for the Yugoslavian military.These are high quality rifles, not cheap junk like some of the Chinese rifles. The 11.5 inch blade type bayonet folds under the barrel.As ever all our guns are sold as collectibles only.If you intend to shoot this gun you need to have it checked by a gunsmith.The company Simson and Son had made guns for over 200 years in the Suhl region of Germany.After the Treaty of Versailles they were designated as the only supplier of rifles and pistols for the Reichswehr. When Hitler came to power he seized the factory and turned it over to his crony Fritz Saukel who renamed it the Wilhelm Gustoff Werke in honor of a Swiss Nazi who had been assassinated by a Jewish medical student. Late war Kar 98k rifles have gone up in price as collectors have sought them out.
The gas system is not automatically unblocked when the sight is folded, however, and must be manually opened to again allow semi-automatic operation. Both the grenade launcher and grenade sight are NATO spec, which is a bit odd for a Commie bloc weapon, but they must have had their reasons. Overall a good representative examples of the SKS rifle which was widely used by Commie nations during the Cold War, as well as by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, enhanced by the provenance from the Hart collection. A large part of their collection was donated to the Virginia War Memorial Museum in Richmond, VA, and many other items donated to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, LA.
If you have a Curio & Relic FFL, we can ship items considered by the BATF directly to you, as long as there are no state or local restrictions (California?? If you do not have a C&R FFL, then we can only ship guns made after 1898 to a FFL dealer in your area.
The dealer will have you fill out a 4473 form ("yellow sheet") to conduct the required federal "Brady" instant background check, and any other paperwork required in your area before allowing you to take possession.
The M59 was the basic Yugo made version of the SKS rifle, and the Model 59/66 added a 22 mm diameter grenade launcher which appears visually like a flash suppressor or muzzle brake on the end of the barrel.
The front sight has a fold-up "ladder" for use in grenade sighting.