A couple questions about Yugo m59/66 sks.


June 15, 2007, 12:24 PM
Since this rifle features a gas-cut off valve can it be turned into a straight pull repeater while this feature is enabled? Its illegal to use semi-autos for hunting where I live. I was thinking about getting one for hunting/plinking/SHTF and I am slowly learning to love this little commie gun. :)

Also how easy is it to remove the grenade launcher and grenade launcher site? From what I have read removing the grenade launcher is as easy as removing a barrel link pin, is this held in with a lock-tite type of material or is it as easy as they made it sound?

My final question, when you remove the bayonet does that little gap in the stock bother you?

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June 15, 2007, 01:26 PM
Since mine came with a huge crack in the side of the butt stock (impossible to see under the 3/4 inch of cosmoline) I replaced it with an ATI stock. I had to remove the blade bayonet because it wouldn't fit the groove in that stock, which does bother me. (To finally answer your question.)

I can't complain too much for a $160 SKS (including stock).

June 15, 2007, 02:04 PM
Yes turning the gas valve would effectively turn the SKS into a single shot rifle. Give it a little more power too, since some of the gas isn't syphoning off gas.

To remove the grenade launcher you knock out the pin, than heat up the launcher for 30 seconds or so to break the seal and it will be easy to remove then with a pipe wrench or a screw driver through the port hole.

A good page that will include photos is this.


Just be aware that you do this you will remove it out of curio and relic status.

June 15, 2007, 02:56 PM

Yes you can convert it, so to speak, into a single shot by moving the gas valve in the grenade launching slot.

As far as hunting with it in a state that has made semi rifle hunting illegial, DO NOT do it.

It is easy to switch back and forth between semi mode and grenade launching mode. Legally since you can switch it back and forth at will, I am pretty sure it would be considered a semi rifle, all the time, no matter what mode it was in.

Think about it like this, if you had a full auto rifle, with the happy switch on semi auto, does that make it any less of full automatic rifle? Not in the BATF agents eyes, or the Wildlife agents eyes it does not.

But if you really want to do this, please, please, please call your wildlife division and get an official ruling, preferably on paper.

You don't want them to confiscate your rifle and slap you with a nasty fine over technicalities of what your SKS would be considered.

Mr White
June 15, 2007, 03:22 PM
I spoke with a PGC officer about thsi a few years ago. The law is supposed to be enforced such that you can use a rifle designed as a semiauto as long as it "cannot be easily converted to semiauto in the field."

I have taken my Yugo out hunting once. I closed the gas valve and removed both the piston and the piston extension and left them at home. There's no way they could say that it could be converted to SA easily in the field if 2 of the essential parts were locked in a safe 25 miles away.

chris in va
June 16, 2007, 02:17 AM
Is it legal to remove the grenade launcher?

June 16, 2007, 01:25 PM
One simple alphanumeric word.
Need I say more?

June 16, 2007, 01:39 PM
As per Mr. White's thoughts, couldn't you just leave the gas tube at home?

June 17, 2007, 11:32 PM
I checked one out at dunhams today. They wanted 175 dollars for one with no finish left and the entire rifle was covered with rust. I just lauged and handed it back to him. :D:scrutiny:

June 18, 2007, 02:20 AM
Don't laugh too hard, doubleg. Dunhams is a chain. That means, unlike a gun store, anythign that is marked 50/66 that comes in has the same price tag. I got mine a few years back, three actually, for $160 pretty much brand new. Even $175 for one in decent shape isn't a bad buy.

Ask to see what they have in the back. There may be a gem.

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