CZ-52- Where to get a good one?


April 4, 2003, 02:26 AM
I want a CZ-52. It's hard to pass up a pistola that cool for like $130.00.

Where's the best place to get one? I want one in the best possible condition; don't care if it's refurbished or anything, just want it in as good a shape as possible.

What parts or accessories should I get for it? Something about a spare firing pin?

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April 4, 2003, 03:35 AM
I believe has the stainless firing pin replacement for sale.

I still want one myself. There are a few things about them I didn't like, but the 7.62X25mm round is just so cool. Honestly, I don't know whether to try to find an unissued parkarized one or one that has been reblued.

At the last gun show I went to about a month ago I saw one that looked like it came in a commercial box. It had the same problem (crooked rear sight) as the surplus one I saw, but it looked much nicer. I'd pay $200 for a blued one if I could find it in the original box unfired.....

April 4, 2003, 04:28 AM
I should correct that, IT DID come in a commercial box which I saw, but it was used.

The commercial box looked like about a 15-20 year old eurojob that was sorta neon purple and black with a flashy picture of the gun on the front.

I think he wanted about $170-$180 for it which was about $20-$30 more than the guy at the other table wanted for the used surplus model.

April 4, 2003, 07:32 AM
You should be able to find some nice unissied '52s on the net for around $150. No doubt you'll pay more in a shop.
You'll want to pick up a SS firing pin asap if you a big fan of dryfiring.
Also, I've found that those $9 Hogue slip on's really help with the bad grip design and trigger control on the beast, if you choose to keep the 600 lb. pull. :p

April 4, 2003, 08:21 AM
The Century Arms imports are very nice. You can get these from of course, or

George Hill
April 4, 2003, 10:51 AM
When you order your CZ-52, also order an aftermarket firing pin for it... and a recoil spring that is slightly heavier than stock.
Some of these newer loads are just a touch too hot for 50 year old springs.
If you don't you will hammer the rollers and pretty soon one of them will fall out when you disassemble the gun.
That is what happened to mine. So I sold it off. I'll buy another one soon enough. And I'll get the heavier spring this time.
I'd also get a heavier spring for the hammer. I had some ammo that was nice and hot - but had very hard primers. 1 out of 10 would require a second strike. I think that was SMG ammo... It felt like a .357 Magnum when I touched one off. SPICY!

April 4, 2003, 01:24 PM
I'll second what George said.
When you go to to order a new firing pin, you should order a heavy (16lb) Wolff recoil spring.

April 4, 2003, 02:03 PM
CZ 52 Czech military pistol, VG, 7.62x25 caliber. Parkerized grey or blue finish, comes with one magazine and holster, in very good condition.
Item Number: 25-01

Price: $119.95

April 4, 2003, 07:30 PM
Okay, good info.

I've heard the new firing pin removes trigger slap, but also disables the decocker, essentially turning it into a second trigger. That's fine, I guess, but tell me this. If the decocker is disabled, does that mean having the hammer down on a live round is unsafe (with the new firing pin)? In other words, is it like carrying a Series 70 1911 hammer down, with no transfer bar (or whatever)? Not really a carry pistol, I don't think, but it would seem to be pertinant information to know.

Also, I'd like some pictures. I'd really like to see a picture of this pistol with the grip sleeve someone mentioned on.

April 5, 2003, 08:38 AM
In response to DMK's recommendation, of the two I would recommend Century International Arms. SOG is a bit spotty on the quality of the gun you get. What they call Good or Very Good may not be what you call good.

If you use Century, you will have to have an FFL, or use a local FFL to send it to. Find one that will do transfers for a small fee ($25 or less).

If you call Century (1-800-527-1252), ask for David Kennedy. He is fantastic to deal with.

I bought a CZ52 from David (I have a C&R FFL) and he was great to deal with and I got what he said.

Get one and have fun with this hot little number!!! As others have mentioned, grips leave a bit to be desired and the trigger pull is a bit much, but still a fun gun to have!!!


April 11, 2003, 01:06 PM
I bought mine from J&G a couple years ago. No problems, as advertised.

The Harrington firing pins DO NOT affect the decocker to my knowledge. I never use it, but I did pencil test it. I would not count on this feature no matter what FP I was using.

April 11, 2003, 02:03 PM
i bought mine from a TFLer last fall. dont know much of the guns history, but it did so-so at the range. only shot it that one time, i havent done much searching for 7.62x25 ammo. its available, just not high on my list of priorities.

i dont know if it was the ammo or the gun, but i had quite a few malfunctions, failure to fire, failure to extract/eject, and had one jam that took a LOT of force to get the slide to release.

when it did fire however, i was very pleased. i'm not used to the sites on it, so i couldnt shoot it very accurately, for that matter, i have a tough time shooting any gun accurately.
but i was at the range with a buddy who is a far better shooter than i am and he was having difficulty hitting what he was aiming at, so maybe it wasnt just me?

i would like to get my cz52 reliable enough to use as a trail gun, but that might take quite a while. i should get whatever upgrades i can and start out fresh.

April 11, 2003, 03:34 PM
I got mine from Century a few weeks ago, Exc condition, came with two mags and a new-looking holster for $150ish.


April 11, 2003, 03:46 PM

They're cheap enough that you should buy another and leave that dog behind. has new extractors, slide releases, recoil springs, barrel rollers and firing pins.

Sounds like some or all of these parts might make a difference in function to you. New ammo might also, with less intractible primers.

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