Yugo SKS m59: 'Dano' rides again!


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Col. Plink
January 12, 2011, 06:47 PM
Hey y'all, just now entering the 21st C. with the digi pics and interwebs.

This is an M59 Yugo SKS, built to mimic the Russian as closely as possible, and in fit and finish is far removed from the M59/66's that are much more numerous. It has, presumably, the carrier's name Dano carved on the right side. The 'A' shows a 3-dot carving, likely used as a checkpoint mark for un-uniformed fighters.

The refinishing was done with an eye to keeping the handled look of the weapon because it served in conflict, so I carefully sanded, used spray polyurethane in many repetitions in order to put the carving and condition of the wood 'under glass'. It's the Carpathian elm so it may not have the light color but the wood originally had a hue more like red cedar. The metal was reblued in professional manner by a good friend who's a whiz with all things metal.

It was picked up at a gun show here in Austin in '09 (:() for a pretty penny, but it was a valued shooter in the vendor's collection. He wasn't joking about it being a shooter, it's good to go at 100m with stock sights, standing.

I may have to take some better ones, but not bad for my first THR pic post.
Let's see some other fine examples of SKS's too!

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Col. Plink
January 12, 2011, 06:54 PM
Full-figure look...

ColtPythonElite
January 12, 2011, 06:55 PM
I'll have to shoot a pic or two of my SKS. I've had it 20+ years and haven't shot it in nearly 10. I'm gonna change that, though. Matter of fact, I just got 1k rounds in the mail today. Mine always shot good. Hitting beer cans at 50 yards off a rest was easy.

Col. Plink
January 12, 2011, 07:18 PM
trying to show the engraving...:scrutiny:

WardenWolf
January 12, 2011, 07:20 PM
Very nice. I have a 1958 Romanian that's also a beauty, only it's never been refinished as far as I can tell. All-matching, with chrome-lined bore. Great shooter, too. I try to stick with Romanian guns, as they tend to be the best overall quality in my experience.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s279/WardenWolf_1982/th_SKS1.jpg (http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s279/WardenWolf_1982/SKS1.jpg)

Col. Plink
January 12, 2011, 07:25 PM
I hear ya; I like the Czech stuff but have this in Yugo (it's a great piece). Have my eye on a Romanian TT-33...

Col. Plink
January 12, 2011, 07:35 PM
:D Czech it out!!

WardenWolf
January 12, 2011, 07:42 PM
Nah, it has a Czeckered past, and I don't cache Czecks. ;-)

Col. Plink
January 12, 2011, 08:07 PM
Frequently seen with this guy

jpwilly
January 12, 2011, 09:02 PM
Looks good, not bad for a commie gun.

Col. Plink
January 12, 2011, 10:43 PM
The other side

WardenWolf
January 12, 2011, 11:00 PM
Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Col. Plink
January 12, 2011, 11:33 PM
Trying to show the blueing...

Col. Plink
January 12, 2011, 11:41 PM
This one had a bad side, I think like most rifles that were laid action-side up in combat or training.

Col. Plink
January 12, 2011, 11:51 PM
Nicks, scuffs, dents and rust, that's what milsurp hunters love! ;)

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