Folks ask me if the Yugo M70 and M72 use the same handguards – in short, they do not. The upper gas tube cover is the same across all models of Yugos I have seen but the lower handguard on the M72 is very short and rectangular. This is especially true when it is next to the long sleek tapered M70 handguard that is also used on the M76 and M77 rifles. By the way, please ignore the green clay and mess – I was making molds when I took these photos:
The other unique factor is the ferrule. Yugo ferrules are very hard to find in the US. With other countries’ ferrules you may find them for sale by a vendor who did a bulk purchase, but that is never the case with the Yugo M70 ferrule. We actually found a college student with a talent for making dies and an interest in Yugos who makes replica ferrules for the M70, M76, M77, M85 and M92 handguards. Now here is the rub – the M72 uses a bigger unique ferrule and you will not find them unless someone sells a handguard with the ferrule installed or has pried one off a handguard for some reason.
These photos show the smaller M70 ferrule by the larger M72:
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