Caliber: 7.62x54 mm R
Weight: 8.6 kg light barrel;
Length: 1220 mm
Length of barrel: 591 mm
Belt fed: 50 rnds
Rate of fire: 750 rnds/min
The Universal Machine-gun model of 1959 (or Rachot) developed in Czechoslovakia by state-owned Zbrojovka Vsetin arms factory. UK59 is a MG of the Czech and Slovak armies. UK59 is chambered for 7.62x54mm R. UK59L - lightweight barrel/bipod, and UK59 - heavy barrel/tripod in ground or aerial modes. Source: world.guns.ru/machine/chex/vz59-uk-vz59-e.html
I just got my belt loader and was trying it
out. I thought I would give you my first thoughts. And I do have a few
things you might want to report. Unfortunately I have to one thing to
warn against. Do not put the combined links through it. only the
uncombined. Other wise it will snap the combining tabs right off :( so
now I can only make a 200 round belt instead of the full 250 and there
is no place for the starter tab to go now. So it will break the links.
Also, if they are not standard size and already slightly compressed it will bend them.
it do make loading easier. It would be advantageous if you had someone
to toss them in straight one at a time (like most YouTube videos show).
However until the belts are broken it I don't think it is a good idea
to use the loader. Still a valuable collector piece that I will be
keeping. It is just risky it seems.
Kyle recently told me about a major find, IMO. A
heavy barrel for his UK59. MCM fitted it (head spaced) with the receiver for about
$175. Kyle also sent this pic of a UK59: