CZ-52 firing pin


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cold dead hands
March 15, 2007, 01:01 AM
Another thread got me to wondering if anyone here has purchased steel or titanium CZ-52 firing pins from places like Makarov.com and if so, how was the quality of said pin and did it prove to be worthwhile i.e. cost vs. quality vs. fit vs. did it work well etc...

I have considered buying a steel pin but wanted some input first. Thanks for your time.

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ZeSpectre
March 15, 2007, 01:30 AM
I bought the machined aftermarket firing pin (http://www.makarov.com/cart/52parts.htm). The overall quality is excellent though on mine the dimensions were just a smidgen different from the factory pin and it didn't allow the firing pin to retract quite as far as I thought it should. It was probably fine but I'm fussy so I took a small diamond file and removed about 1/2mm of material from the notch where the interrupter pin goes and now it retracts completely flush like I feel it should.

The other thing I did was install the Wolff aftermarket 16.5 lb spring (http://www.makarov.com/cart/52springs.htm). My old spring was pretty tired and I was a little concerned about battering the frame. Putting this new spring in sure makes the pistol feel a little different. Nice though and I like it a lot (although it made it quite a bit harder to rack the slide <grin>). 150 rounds (post mods) and not a single hiccup or issue.

Oh and the Romanian surplus ammo from AIM surplus (http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/1980_s_Brass_Case_Romanian_762x25_Surplus.html) is some very nice shooting stuff. It is corrosive so don't delay in cleaning your gun if you use it.

When it comes to mil-surps my limited experience seems to boil down to a few specific items that I repeat ad-nausium.

If you have an SKS, buy one of the "sprung" firing pin kits from Murray's Guns.
If you have a CZ-52 buy a machined firing pin and a replacement spring from Makarov.com.

SeanSw
March 15, 2007, 04:12 PM
My replacement firing pin was a drop-in. I don't know if it allows for dry firing, or just makes a stronger replacement, but mine has worked perfectly. The original spring worked well until it was battered with a heavier hammer spring too.

I just shot some of my Romanian surplus ammo yesterday and was amazed how clean it was. The cz-52 was cleaner than both my revolvers (cci blazer) and my Baby Eagle (wwb) after the same amount of shooting. Good stuff, great price.

I still can't hit anything with the cz-52 though. It shoot a foot low at every distance I've attempted.

ZeSpectre
March 15, 2007, 04:25 PM
I still can't hit anything with the cz-52 though. It shoot a foot low at every distance I've attempted.

The CZ-52 seems to be a "point of aim" shooter vs a 6 o'clock. If you settle the sight picture on the top edge of the bullseye ring (so that the barrel is actually pointed at the bullseye) it may work better for you.

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