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KuHL 951

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Is a Serbian SKS just a Yugo?
« on: November 20, 2008, 10:19:12 PM »
A local shop has what they are advertising as Serbian SKS. Is this just a Yugo with a different name? It is so globbed w/ Cosmoline it was hard to read anything and not exactly a joy to handle without a rag. All I can tell is it has a welded muzzle brake over the threads, numbers match, lighter color wood stock, and the bolt and carrier are bare (not coated like some refurbs) and has the gas valve for non-semi fire. Sorry I'm just not that up on all the variations yet so thought I would ask. I've seen them go on sale about every 4 weeks for $279 and wondered if they have the same value and quality as a Russian.

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Re: Is a Serbian SKS just a Yugo?
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2008, 04:57:19 AM »
Yeah, she's a Yugo. And $279 isn't too bad considering the buying frenzy right now if she's in the shape you are saying. From what I understand Russians will cost you more... how much I'm not sure enough of to make a call, still new here myself.

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Re: Is a Serbian SKS just a Yugo?
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2008, 05:49:56 AM »
Yugos are the only ones with threaded muzzles. Are you sure the brake's welded? might be a Cali special, look over some of the pics, it may be a grenade launcher adapter. All Yugos were made at the Zastava arsenal which is in what is now Serbia, so it's technically correct, but it's no more a "Serbian" rifle than it is a "Croatian" rifle. Since the whole place was Yugoslavia when they were made, and I'm sure there were serbs and croats, christians and muslims working side by side, and unless he can prove it was issued to someone in a standing army belonging to Serbia, it is incorrect, and perhaps intentionally misleading, to call it a "Serbian" sks

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Re: Is a Serbian SKS just a Yugo?
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2008, 07:52:27 AM »
Yugos are the only ones with threaded muzzles. Are you sure the brake's welded? might be a Cali special, look over some of the pics, it may be a grenade launcher adapter. All Yugos were made at the Zastava arsenal which is in what is now Serbia, so it's technically correct, but it's no more a "Serbian" rifle than it is a "Croatian" rifle. Since the whole place was Yugoslavia when they were made, and I'm sure there were serbs and croats, christians and muslims working side by side, and unless he can prove it was issued to someone in a standing army belonging to Serbia, it is incorrect, and perhaps intentionally misleading, to call it a "Serbian" sks

Thanks and I think that about covers it. It is a Cali point of sale so that explains the welded muzzle brake. This is at a large chain sporting goods store also so you would think truth in advertising is important. I'll have to get them to bring a box from out back and see if it says 'Made in Serbia' and check the marks more closely.

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Re: Is a Serbian SKS just a Yugo?
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2008, 07:04:04 PM »
Check the welded on muzzle brake there have been a few instances were it was welded on crooked and the bullets would hit the insides of the brake causing  bad accuracy,also check out the gas block make sure you can push the selector pin in and move the selector from on to off position and that it turns easily and shows not corrosion around the valve or housing.  that will be  two less headaches you have to deal with once you get it home.

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Re: Is a Serbian SKS just a Yugo?
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2008, 07:17:13 PM »
Well, Kragujevac where the Yugo rifles were made is located in Serbia.  When Yugoslavia was in existence, it was comprised of several "socialist republics".  Zastava(the company who made the Yugo SKS) in Kragujevac just so happened to be located in the "socialist republic of Serbia".  So, yeah I'd say you could call them Serbian made since Serbia never disappeared even when it was Yugoslavia.

I'd say the reason why they are advertising them as Serbian made is because some people associate "Yugos" with the Yugo car.  You don't hear Springfield advertising that their Croatian built XD pistol was built in a former republic of Yugoslavia do you?  :lol:

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Re: Is a Serbian SKS just a Yugo?
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2008, 07:42:39 PM »
Here is the link to the Zastava web site check out the third row down on the sporting rifles section second from the right.

http://www.zastava-arms.co.yu/english/civilni.htm

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Re: Is a Serbian SKS just a Yugo?
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2008, 09:56:34 PM »
wait, wait, I thought the GFWs said there was no sporting purpose to a couple of the guns they are calling "sporting rifles" on that site :roll:

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Re: Is a Serbian SKS just a Yugo?
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2008, 10:10:56 PM »
Guess that depends on what country your talking about,and what there governments definition of sporting is and applies to.  Seem in the former Yugoslavia depending on which side you were on anything that moved was sporting with a YUGO sks.  I used to work with a gentleman who was soldier over in Bosnia,he said it used to get pretty sporting over there some days.
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Re: Is a Serbian SKS just a Yugo?
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2008, 10:41:29 PM »
check out the lkp 66 on the zastava web site


"Semiautomatic sporting rifle ZASTAVA LKP 66 is made on the basis of semiautomatic rifle PAP M59/66"

http://www.zastava-arms.co.yu/english/civilni.htm
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Re: Is a Serbian SKS just a Yugo?
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2008, 08:42:59 PM »
Thanks everyone for the great input. I know what to look for now in a Yugo and will wait until they drop the price on sale. When I bought my Mosin from the same source I must have looked at at least 10 rifles before I picked one I was happy with. Persistence is a virtue. My heart is really in restoring old Porsche Turbos but I never was adverse to blasting away at a target with a good rifle!