Hoping the pic comes thru. This is the Zastava M59/66. This rifle was recovered by my father from a neighbors garbage dumpster. It was boxed and wrapped up in a moving blanket. Overall condition is very good and the bore is clean with very nice rifling. After my father spoke to the neighbor about the find, Turns out that the gun belonged to his neighbors son. The neighbor, knowing my father offered to sell the rifle to my dad for 150.00. The deal was made and the rest is now history. My father does not sell me guns so it will make a very nice addition to my collection. Have not taken to the range yet but its looking to be about 40 degrees here on saturday and I just might have to break some plans. The funny thing is that I have wanted this rifle for a number of years and just when you forget about, It ends up in my lap. The real funny thing, My brother got the Saiga 12..
There is something about the Kalashnikov action that puts all others to shame. I know first hand that his Vodka is pretty strong as well. I have an AKS 47 1962 manufacture out of the Itzmasch arsenal. This was Romanian production. Serial 653. This is first run production. Gun is new and still in the pine crate. Full wood stock and bayonet. has a top rail for optics although it has never been mounted. I payed 275.00 for this piece 20 years ago. Today I have no idea what this thing is worth. I do know that As long as the seller is still alive, I will not sell it. I have never seen a new AKS dated to 1960 era nor have I seen a Romanian AKS at gun shows or shops ECT... 3 years ago I went to the gun show in Vegas. One square mile of guns. I found 1 AKS 47 used in 90% condition and all kinds of accessories including stocks out the azz. Customizing these rifles is big business. Next time I pull it out I'll throw up a pic.
Saturday was a beautiful day at the range. Buffalo Rock in LaSalle Ill. 2 hour drive from my home but the only place I can shoot a rifle larger than 22 cal. The M59 performed flawlessly. We were set up by 8:30 and began to fire away. It was breezy but not to bad. (yet). Metal hanging targets at 80 yards. Missed with the first 3 shots, adjusted my elevation and nailed it. Not bad for me. We packed it up around noon due to sustained 40 to 60 mile per hour winds. Ended up in Morris Ill. Quite a few more trees and a lot less wind. We toyed around for the rest of the day shooting at cans and bottles. The m59 dials in well and shoots straight. We all pitched in a 20 spot for closest to bull on 4 seperate targets. 1 shot only and your choice of rifle. Aprox 75 yards. This was my shot, unfortunatly not the winner. I am very happy with this piece. I wonder how much more accurate this rifle would shoot with a scope mounted on top! Just sayin...
Nice rifle and good story. Looks like it shoots well too. The SKSs kinda got popular with the ranchers and guides around here cause they made good truck guns for dispatching wounded game. Also much quicker to use than a bolt gun in the brush around here for hogs.
I had my brother bring over his Chinese SKS last week. He got it a few years ago for fixing some guys car. Only ammo he has is 2 boxes I gave him back then. Gun has one of the over the dust cover scope mounts on it. He wanted to tighten it so it would not move around so much. Told him we could, but it was more of a decoration than a real scope base. I have one rigged up like it on a fake dragonov stock for the kids to play Rambo.
Otherwise stock and the spike bayo is missing. Still in good shape. He said he went looking for ammo lasst week and coudn't find any .223. Told him it was not a .223. He apparently never looked at the boxes of ammo I gave him. Told him to get the 7.62X39 if he could find any now. He said, "when I need some, I will get it from you." Told him I was not gonna givef any more of it away with the proposed ban. Offered to swap him a beater deer rifle for it cause he had tried to shoot a deer with it and missed. He said that he did not want to give up his AK-47. I had to explain to him what he actually had and show him my AKs and SKSs in comparison. It's a great gun. He just has no clue. He just has it thrown behind the back seat of his truck. Eventually someone will rip it off like his last good deer rifle.