I finally got around to cleaning all the cosmoline from the M59 I got back in 2015.
It is in very nice shape.
Matching numbers on
The bottom of barrel and receiver are marked J 193. And it has all the common part numbers.
It has the 1.TRZ mark on the stock.
The bayonet appears to be correct for the M59. But there are two odd things.
The screw for the bayonet was severly damaged, like someone tried to get it out and gave up. You can see it in the picture. But I got the rifle right out of the crate from a dealer at a gun show, so did it happen in Yugoslavia?
The screw head had flats on either side as if it had been squeezed in a vice. Has anyone seen this as a way to keep it tight?
I was able to remove it and I repaired it as best as possible.
But the stranger thing is that the stock has a slot for the bayonet that is long like a M59/66 stock.
It has an M59 metal butt plate with the normal cleaning kit cavity.
And it has the round head cross bolt, not the flat head like a 59/66.
Any thought on how this ended up with a 59 style stock and a 59/66 style bayonet slot?