View Full Version : whats the difference between these sks's?

02-20-2007, 10:48 PM
the yugo M59 and the M59/66. what are the difference? also is it true that the M59 is not really consider an sks and can have detachable mags? thanks for your help.

Mssr. Eleganté
02-20-2007, 10:54 PM
The Yugo M59 pretty much looks just like a Russian SKS. The Yugo M59/66 is an updated version of the M59. It has a built in grenade launcher, grenade sites/night sights and a rubber butt pad. The launcher adds length to the barrel.

The California law that bans "SKS with detachable magazine" might not apply to M59 rifles since they don't say "SKS" anywhere on them.

02-20-2007, 10:57 PM
oh i see, thanks for the clarification. i might go pick one up with a friend.

Mssr. Eleganté
02-20-2007, 11:07 PM
M59's are a bit more rare, and thus more expensive. They are lighter/shorter and easier to handle than M59/66's.

M59/66's are usually in better shape than M59's and more "evil" looking.

A couple of years ago you could get unissued M59/66's from the distributors for $150 or a "nice" condition M59 for the same price. Now unissued M59/66's are $200 and nice condition M59's are not available.

The M59/66's available in California have had the grenade launchers either removed or covered with a welded on piece of metal to make the launcher inoperative. CalDOJ considers the launcher to be a destructive device. A couple of distributors did the welding modification for the California market, but they usually didn't do this on their "unissued" rifles. They saved those for collectors in other states and butchered lesser quality examples for the California market.

02-20-2007, 11:11 PM
where can you get an unissued m59/66 for 200 bucks here in the bay area? without having to ship it to a dealer?

Mssr. Eleganté
02-20-2007, 11:19 PM
You can't.

$200 is the wholesale price that Licensed Dealers and Collectors can get from distributors. They would also usually tack on another $20 to do the California modifiction to the grenade launcher. And since the M59/66 isn't yet 50 years old, only Dealers in California can have them shipped directly. Of course a Dealer is going to mark up the price to make a living.

Your best bet is to find a local private party selling one that they bought a few years ago when the price was lower. They might not know how much the price has gone up and you can still get a good deal and only have to pay $35 to the Dealer for the transfer.