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A nice, all matching, script font TRZ.5 with what I believe to be an early rendition of the crest, thus its crudity. No proof of it yet though. "R" prefix serial number.

I call it a Cracker Jack because like the snack, there was (some) surprises inside. Nothing major but unusual to me.
First and foremost is the Belgium proof on the bolt arm root.(Thanks John!) There's another stamp there who's origin I don't know. This is presumably originally from an FN rifle then. I have not run across one of these before.

Another oddity is the stuff in the action and in the cosmo of the floor plate. My first thought was that it was some sort of metal chips and how the heck did it get there? But my second thought is, could these be powder flakes? If so, anybody know whose powder this is? Who made the ammo?

The initials(?) "S M" badly scrawled on the stock attests to its use in the "troubles." There was also some dirt mixed in with the cosmo though very minor. And there was cosmo! This is one of the gooier ones I've had.

There's an unusual (to me) #4 stamp inside the butt plate. Just a damaged stamp?

Also the asterisk - 6 pointed star(?) I really don't believe it has anything to do with the Israelis, on the bolt end. I seem to recall seeing this once before but don't recall we ever found an explanation for it.

The ground cavalry sling barrel band is the roughest, worst done, I've yet seen.

About as plain an unadorned "T" proof mark on the barrel as it gets but the old royal proof on the receiver is apparently from a different tool than I am so far familiar with.

There were two patches of sticky residue like there had been stickers there. Perhaps celebrity or religious images like we've seen on some?

Very entertaining, this one. :)

The pics can tell the tale best...

 

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forgot this-
 

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Neat rifle, 'Nug! Congrats on a good one, with some neat features throughout.

That script font is very appealling, and has a class and attention to detail that is noticeably absent in other implements of Socialist production. It appears that craftsmanship and skill survived the accession of Tito, afterall...! Was that one a handpick, or did you get to see that one before buying it?
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Neat rifle, 'Nug! Congrats on a good one, with some neat features throughout.

That script font is very appealling, and has a class and attention to detail that is noticeably absent in other implements of Socialist production. It appears that craftsmanship and skill survived the accession of Tito, afterall...! Was that one a handpick, or did you get to see that one before buying it?
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Yugoslavia was a much different deal than the Soviet Union. They were not the same as "Commie Drudges." Kragujevac has a long and justly proud history and even in the Communist years workers were amply compensated for the labor.
Take a look at this topic on P'Bill's with comments from a couple veterans of Tito's service... http://milsurpshooter.net/topic/10116

Concerning the rifle, I bought it from Sarco via "Auction Arms." So you could say I 'saw' it before purchase. I am not disappointed! :)
 

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Hi Nug,

Nice rifle for sure !..Is it cut for a sight hood?

The star mark I also found on a TR 137 front site base ..I remember some of us discussed it but never found any concrete answers

+1 Yugo Flake/Cut powder...Have you checked Headspace yet?

I predict you and that Texas sun will bring out some real beauty hiding in that Walnut ..Very nice rifle!
 

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'Nug,
Indeed you should be satisfied with that one! I agree on the continued skill and high craft standards of post-war Yugoslavian arms. No wonder the Soviet M44s Stalin sent them never really took hold...;)
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Yes, the front sight base is slotted for a sight hood (an extra one I happen to have.;))
 
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