M53 Research: Serial Number Ranges, Parts Numbers

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M53 Research: Serial Number Ranges, Parts Numbers

Post by joe6167 » Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:38 am

I thought it would be nice to try and document the M53, since there are so many of them out there, and I've assembled a short list of Serial Numbers and also documented all of the parts numbers I could find on my own M53.

Some questions and observations:

-As you will notice, the lower number guns have Cyrillic letters, though eventually they switched to Latin Letters. I don't know the Serbian Alphabet, but I guess "D" goes between "Б" and "Č"

-A couple of examples have a "P" at the end of the serial number.

-Does the leading letter denote year of production?

-Did Zastava have a separate run of serial numbers just for M53 production, or did they just have one continuous sequence of serial numbers that include all guns produced.

-I have a K98 remanufactured at Zastava right after the war, interesting to see that the Yugoslav crest has Latin letters, while the crests on M53 use Cyrillic. I suspect that would be an interesting conversation in itself, what prompted the switch between Latin and Cyrillic Letters (I'm gonna guess pressure from the Russians).

Б-1168x
Б-1333x

D-1453x
D-1581xP

Č-1658x
Č-1678x
Č-1789x

E-1872x
E-1944xP
E-2036x
E-2128x

F-2351x

H-2467x

I-2634x
I-2803x

J-3207x

L-3809x

N-4356x
N-4368x

O-4567x
O-4710x

P-4921x
P-4934x
P-5154x

R-5289x
R-5299x
R-5308x
R-5440x

S-5667x
S-5817x
S-5832x
S-5881x
S-5897x

T-6016x

And here is a list of parts numbers that I found on my M53:

Part Numbers

S112-19152 Flash Hider
S113-19154 Barrel Bushing
S112-23286 Barrel
S112-23287/A Barrel Trunion

S113-27129 Bipod Leg, Right
S113-24896 Bipod Leg, Left

S114-23368 Firing Pin Holder
S113-23379 Bolt Carrier

S-111-23380 Buttstock
S113-23381 Buttstock Cup

S-S114-24910 Dust Cover
S-S114-26146 Feed Tray

S-S113-33625 Receiver Trunion

S114-23345 Trigger
S113-23343 Sear

Parts Numbers I've lifted from photos (may not be accurately transcribed)

S114-19153 Booster Cone (Muzzle Diameter .510; 13mm)
S114-23290 Flash Hider Lock
S114-23234? Front Sight
S114-23328? Charging Handle Lever
113-23334 Charging Handle
S-S112-24813 Top Cover
S113-12142? Bipod Mounting Bracket

Tools

S-114-51259 Extractor Tool

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Re: M53 Research: Serial Number Ranges, Parts Numbers

Post by octopus » Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:37 am

A-1073x

Б-1152х
Б-1346х

С-1413х

Č-1641x

E-1833x

F-2142x

H-2382x
H-2577x

I-2896x

J-2963x
J-3209x

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Re: M53 Research: Serial Number Ranges, Parts Numbers

Post by 42rocker » Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:05 pm

Looking forward to seeing more on this.
Thanks for doing this.

Later 42rocker

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Re: M53 Research: Serial Number Ranges, Parts Numbers

Post by joe6167 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:35 pm

Brother Octopus, thanks for the addition. I've added a few more numbers to my own list as well, I'll make an update post, and I'll ask John to update my main post.

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Re: M53 Research: Serial Number Ranges, Parts Numbers

Post by joe6167 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:41 pm

Here is my revised list of numbers. I've found a number of examples equipped with night sights, so I've added that info to the list as well.

John, can you paste this new list over my old list in the first post? Thanks.

A-1073x

Б-1152х
Б-1168x
Б-1203x
Б-1333x
Б-1346x Night Sights

С-1413х

D-1453x
D-1581xP

Č-1641x
Č-1658x
Č-1678x
Č-1789x

E-1833x
E-1872x
E-1923x
E-1944xP
E-2036x
E-2128x

F-2142x
F-2351x

H-2382x
H-2467x
H-2577x

I-2634x
I-2803x
I-2896x

J-2963x
J-3207x
J-3209x

L-3809x

N-4356x
N-4368x

O-4567x
O-4710x

P-4921x
P-4934x
P-5154x Night Sights

R-5289x
R-5299x
R-5308x
R-5440x

S-5667x
S-5817x
S-5832x Night Sights
S-5881x
S-5888x Night Sights
S-5897x

T-6016x

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Re: M53 Research: Serial Number Ranges, Parts Numbers

Post by joe6167 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:45 pm

Some questions that come to mind as I look at the numbers:

-Does the letter prefix indeed correspond to the year of production
-Did Zastava have one sequence of numbers for all the guns made or a different sequence for each model under production
-I wonder what the "P" suffix indicates

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Re: M53 Research: Serial Number Ranges, Parts Numbers

Post by joe6167 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:14 pm

Now that I have a nice list of numbers I thought it would interesting to plug in the lowest and highest numbers I have for each letter block into a graph and see what I get.
M53 Production Numbers.png

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Re: M53 Research: Serial Number Ranges, Parts Numbers

Post by octopus » Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:19 pm

---------------- C-1421x

K-3257x ----- K-3489x
L-3548x -----
M-3993x ----- M-4140x
N-4140x ----- N-4431x
O-4474x ----- O-4724x
P-4781x -----
R-5257x ----- R-5575x
---------------- S-5912x
T-5946x -----

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