The Zastava M59/66 PAP SKS rifle is identical in function and operation to the Soviet SKS in nearly every respect, except that the Yugoslavian SKS has the built-in grenade launcher spigot mounted at the front of the barrel to launch 22mm rifle grenades. The Yugo SKS M59/66 model was also fitted with an unusual bayonet mount which also doubled as the mount for the front sight and the folding grenade launcher sight. The original Soviet blade bayonet as standard to the SKS had to be replaced by a unique Yugoslav bayonet to accommodate the new mount placement.
Yugoslavian Zastava SKS M59/66 PAP Rifles
In 1959, after deciding to replace the bolt action M48 Mauser rifle, Yugoslavia acquired the rights to manufacture the Soviet SKS semi-automatic carbine under license. Nicknamed the “Papovka” it is derived from PAP, the abbreviation for poluautomatska puška, Serbian for “semi-automatic rifle”. The early 1959 Yugoslavian SKS rifles were identical to the Soviet ones including no chrome barrel which was introduced in the upgraded version in 1966. The Zastava M59/66 PAP SKS rifle is identical in function and operation to the Soviet SKS in nearly every respect, except that the Yugoslavian SKS has the built-in grenade launcher spigot mounted at the front of the barrel to launch 22mm rifle grenades. The Yugo SKS rifles were later replaced by the Zastava M70 rifles, the Yugoslavian AK47 variation.
This small stock of Yugoslavian Zastava SKS M59/66 PAP rifles is in very good to excellent condition and includes the special Yugoslav SKS bayonet.
Make: Zastava Arms
Model: SKS PAP M59/66
Magazine/Capacity: 10-round stripper clip, internal box magazine
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