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Cosmetic. The M48A introduced a stamped magazine floor plate. Here's where it gets confusing. There's a model M48B. It is still marked "M48A" on the receiver but incorporates many more stamped parts. It is most easily identifiable by a raised rib running around the sides of it's stamped trigger guard.

Top L M48B; Notes on other images explain.

 

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I am fond of the M48A...I find the fit and finish to be better on average to the M48 all milled early rifles...I think the workers and admin had worked out the early bugs and learned how to make one fine rifle..personaly as a shooter I would go with the M48A
 

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I would tend to agree, if I had ever seen an M48A. But, it seems logical enough. Yugoslavia's arms making equipment had been wrecked, ruined, or hauled away and most likely that ran just as true for the skilled personnel that had worked in it before the Nazis came.
As an ex machinist I can say that on average it takes at least a year, sometimes 2 to train up a machinist to be reasonably experienced in all around operations. Of course, a machine operator takes only about 6 months.
Figure too, the drawings and knowledge of many of the technical tasks and details, such as tolerances and heat treating, something in particular they had trouble with getting right (never fear. They figured it out.) :)
 

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Nugs eluding to the fact that M48A marked rifles are not Necessarily M48A rifles but are in the vast majority M48B rifles according to the Yugoslavs

It gets very confusing when as Nug says we dont see any actual M48A rifles here and so the common reference for most stateside collectors to the M48B is to call them as they are marked..M48A

Here is my M48 shooter which came assembled as an M48B..tight as a tick and cozmo full..Walnut stocked too..has all the stamped parts of an M48B

 

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Actually, I addressed that in #2 above. Nice rifle too. :)
 

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I just noticed there is a 1TRZ stamped on the right side of the stock back towards the buttplate. Meaning?

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Identifier for rebuild facility. Some are more common than others. Nothernug knows all about Yugos.

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The sight hood is also different. The M48A sight hood has tabs on both sides and ends. The M48 is retained by a convex surface on both sides like a 98K hood.
Not quite as simple as simple as that...

Drawing courtesy of Branko Bogdanovic
 

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Identifier for rebuild facility. Some are more common than others. Nothernug knows all about Yugos.
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Thanks but, some of you fellows have long since learned all that I know and more though observation I generally have not had the opportunity to make.

Concerning 1.TRZ- most often believed to be a stock working facility located in Cacak in present day Serbia. For the record, others know that quite well. They just let me do the 'talking.' ;)
 
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