Diet for Yugo SKS?


May 5, 2006, 12:12 PM
Great little gun, but on the portly side. Anybody got one they trimmed down? How light can they go?


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May 5, 2006, 12:34 PM
Aftermarket stock, perhaps?

May 5, 2006, 12:47 PM
I'm sure that would help a good deal. So would taking off the bayonet, grenade launcher attachment, the grenade launcher sights, etc..

I was hopoing somebody else had done it already and could keep me from messing up.


Carl N. Brown
May 5, 2006, 01:49 PM
I think my son at least talked about eating Ramen Noodles for a
month to afford to buy his.:D

Oh, you meant something else: diet the gun. Again, my son bought the
Yugo SKS for its curio and relic military collectable status, precisely
for all the features that make it ... hefty. If your goal is a light
sporter, there are better starting points than a Yugo SKS. Given
that once these historic arms are gone, they are gone, alerations
should not be permanent.

Yugo stocks are usually pretty nice wood for a military gun.
Before taking it afield for hunting, I would probably just remove
the bayonet (and the cleaning rod since the bayo retains the rod)
to save a few ounces carry weight (and strange looks).

The grenade launcher puts the muzzleblast significantly further
from my ears, so that I would keep. Besides, it appears to be
a "semi-permanent assembly" to the barrel.

May 5, 2006, 01:54 PM
I have an M59, same as the M59/66 but without the granade launcher. Just taking off the bayonet made the gun fell far more usable.

May 5, 2006, 03:58 PM
Didn't actually weigh it, but had a 'shooter grade'(aka 'rode hard & put away wet) 59/66 that I cut down for a friend. Removed bayonet & lugs on sight assembly; removed launcher; cut off sight assembly right in front of the sight base and a little behind; cut barrel off about 1/2" in front of where new sight assembly ends. Made a big difference in weight & balance, gave her a much easier to handle rifle for defense in her rural area.

May 5, 2006, 06:21 PM
1. Unpin and unscrew the grenade launcher. Chop barrel just ahead of the front sight (will leave the front sight and the pop-up nite site).
2. Remove bayonet.
3. get a cheap "crap-wood" China stock (it's lighter than plastic). Work the stock down at the fore end (whithout a boyo. can thin the fore end down to the depth of that bayo. cut).
4. Fit thin plastic butt plate to the China stock...while you are at it, remove the spring inside the butt trap.
5. See if you can find one of the alloy dust cover/scope mounts to repalce the steel unit. Even if you don't intend to use a scope (after all, they add weight).

That's about as light as I can easily make one...are a few more ounces that can be eeked out by swiss-cheese drilling some parts, boring holes under the butt stock, and skeletonizing the handguard...but really not worth the doing.

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