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« on: January 09, 2006, 07:37:34 PM »
The Yugoslavian M59/66 rifle will usually have the serial number marked in eight locations.  The first six are visible with the rifle fully assembled:
Left side of the receiver. (Note this is the only place the letter prefix will be found)

Left side of stock neat butt pad

Back of the top cover

Top (or left side) of bolt carrier

Bottom of trigger guard

Left side of magazine

The last two locations are not visible unless the rifle is disassembled
Left side of bolt

Bottom of gas tube near the front handguard hanger


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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2006, 03:10:29 AM »
Why is my Samco Yugo M59/66A1 laser etched?  The gun is newcondition 100% blueing but I dont see nothing but laser etched ser#s.  No stamped #s on any metal surface. The only stamp marks are on the stock.  I think they merely laser etched the serial number stamped into the stock at time of import. There is a single letter "T" stamped on the bolt.

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2006, 07:51:12 AM »
It seems odd that the Yugoslavians didn't mark a serial number on the gas piston.
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2006, 07:53:03 AM »
The only place the numbers on the rifle shown are "Stamped" is the stock.  The rest are very shallow and were applied by some other method then stamping in the traditional sense.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2006, 07:55:31 AM »
Quote from: KenB
It seems odd that the Yugoslavians didn't mark a serial number on the gas piston.


I have seen Russian and Chineese rifles with the serial number electro penciled on it.  None of my Yugos have the serial number on the gas piston.  Several have the x.xx-xxx part number elecrtro penciled on them.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2006, 07:55:45 AM »
does anyone know why on samco imported M59/66's the gas tube number is mis-matched? I have seen many and not one matched.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2006, 08:01:43 AM »
I do not know why this would be the case unless someone disassembled them and somehow switched parts then reassembled them.  Do they come covered in cosmoline or have they been cleaned?
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2006, 08:23:43 AM »
they have cos on them, but they look like the tube had been removed and replaced. you know how the cos normally gets a build up between the tube and the barrel. on these there is cos on the barrel but none on the tube. I was thinking they may have taken them off to apply the import stamp and mixed them up???
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2006, 08:39:35 AM »
That sounds possible
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2006, 11:57:22 PM »
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he only two place the numbers on the rifle shown are "Stamped" is the stock. The rest are very shallow and were applied by some other method then stamping in the traditional sense

The laser etched ser #s on my Yugo M59/66A1 are very recent Zastava etchings that are identical to my M48 etchings.  However, the M48 has stamped ser #s from the origonal date of manufacture back in 1950

The SKS was manufactured in 1987 but no ser #s at all were put on the guns metal parts at that time.  Only the wooden stock was stamped with a ser# at time of manufacture.

When the SKS was imported it had ser#s laser etched.  Probably whole inventorys were etched in assemgly line fashion last year.

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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2006, 07:50:05 AM »
I do not think the serial numbers on the various parts were applied by the Importers.  

I have purchased several Yugo SKS rifles with numbers applied in a similar fashion that were COMPLETELY covered in cosmoline.  Unless you can laser etch through cosmoline or the Importer reapplied the cosmoline these numbers were put there befoe the rifle was put in storage.  One of my Yugo SKS rifles was rebuilt in 1989 according to the logbook and then placed in cosmoline.  The numbers were most likely applied then.  I have had this rifle particular rifle for almost three years.  The import mark on it is "IAI Knox TN"  If the importers applied these numbers why do rifles from different importers have the numbers in the same "font" ?

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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2006, 09:29:49 PM »
Here are pictures of the numbers on one of my M59 rifles.  Most are electropenciled.  Some are difficult to read.  The magazine and gas tube are not numbered.

Receiver and bolt carrier

Stock

Trigger guard

Top cover (bottom)

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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2006, 10:31:32 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2006, 12:38:30 AM »
Great info.
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« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2006, 12:40:30 AM »
[quoteIf the importers applied these numbers why do rifles from different importers have the numbers in the same "font" ? ]




I noticed the same font anomaly but Zastava may have only one laser etcher or may only choose one font etc. Some of the hand etched #s may be a result of attempts to keep gun parts together during re-cozmolining.

My M48 islaser etched by Cherrys in Greensboro NC so that gives creedence to what you said.

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