Thanks, Atticus Thraxx;
I knew about the regular replacements. Was just hoping that somebody knew of where I could get better ones. The pistol shoots really well, better than I can, but with better sights I could probably do even better.
Again, Thanks and Here's wishing you all the best for 2008!
Do you know anything about the Kahr CW 40? I was thingking about getting one for concealed carry?
January 1, 2008, 04:23 PM
I'll check that out. I had a bad case of West Nile Virus last fall and it messed a bit with my eyes. Couldn't be that I'm getting older, either, I suppose.
Best wishes for a great New Year.
January 1, 2008, 07:30 PM
Baby Eagle rear and Sig Sauer front night sights hammer in to perfect accurate line up. You obviously have to o some dovetailing though.
You can get both sights at http://www.cdnninvestments.com
January 1, 2008, 10:19 PM
I assume you've tried this combination. That gives me a good set of sights that I can see much better than the ones I have now.
I really appreciate all the help.
Happy New Year!!
January 1, 2008, 10:23 PM
Would that be the 9mm/45 sights (front) or one of the others?
January 2, 2008, 05:19 PM
Manyskunks, are you at all handy w/tools? I changed a CZ 52 front sight by filing the original flat and screwing on a wider one from underneath. I also used a dot or two of Gorilla Glue. I countersunk the screw holes in the slide so the screws wouldn't stick out. Then I widened the notch in the back sight. It worked perfectly.
January 2, 2008, 10:22 PM
I am fairly handy w/tools. I just need to know which sights to mount. Brigadier's suggestion of the Baby Eagle rear night site and the Sig front sounded good and the prices from CDNN are good, too.
Which sites did you use?
Thanks for the info.
January 19, 2008, 07:05 PM
I am making this post on request of manyskunks. This message is for Mike Kasner. manyskunks called me and told me to let you know that his internet is down and cannot contact you by internet. Please (Mike Kasner) send me a PM as I have some info for you.
For you manyskunks, when you get back online. This is a picture of my CZ-52 with the Tritium sights configuration that I described:
^^ WOW! that is an awsome CZ. If it were made i'd just HAVE to get one!
January 19, 2008, 10:46 PM
I now have to get a new keyboad, I drooled all over this one.
January 20, 2008, 10:09 AM
brig.....that is the sweetest 52 I've ever seen. Dammit, now I gotta go spend yet more money. Lucky the kids aren't bright enough for college! Just kidding kids!
January 20, 2008, 10:56 AM
Sorry about the late reply. I used a no-name sight I bought for $5.00 from a guy with a ton of odd parts. Just so long as it has a flat base, it'll work. Height-wise, I had to file off about 1/8" off the top.
February 11, 2008, 10:20 PM
I need to go get some new batteries for my calipers. Then I can give you guys an exact height match for sights installation. I have swapped sights on a half a dozen CZ-52s. The specs I use have worked perfectly on every one.
To answer the question that you guys keep asking me in PM, ALL of the custom work on that CZ is my own. The only add-ons that are stock are the sights. Everything else is scratch built. The frame was finished with OD green testors flat model spray paint, the slide was finished with flat color palace primer and the shiny black on the slide was done with brownells bake-on finish. All of the insignia and colored engraving was done with various spray paints and model paints. The entire finish was baked in the oven at 300f for 2 hours in order to make it durable.
The modern magazine release and base plates were my own creation as were the grips. I may whip up a batch of grips like that now and then but otherwise, you are on your own making your gun look like that as I am NOT a licensed gunsmith.
February 12, 2008, 04:17 AM
Ok, I'm back. I hope that I don't have to change addresses again soon. What a pain!!
I finally got a chance to see the pics of your 52, Brig. BEEYOUTEEFUL!!!!!
Man what a great job you did! I don't think I'll ever get to doing that but it sure looks great!
Woad Yurt, I'll wait 'til Brigadier gets the batteries and tells me what height to get. I'm not too swift at going out on a limb. I'm ok once somebody has walked me through it but until then I'm afraid that I'll screw it up.
I did get an extended safety from Cylinder and Slide for my Browning High Power 9mm and got it in without too much trouble. The books I have didn't tell me that the sear spring was going to come out and there wasn't a word on how to get it back where it belonged:cuss:, but I got everything pinned in place and then positioned the top of the spring where it needed to be and then used a lg brass drift across the magwell and then bent the bottom of the spring down while pushing it into the slot at the bottom of the magwell. It shoots and works as well as it ever did so I must have put it back together right.
Thanks, guys for all the help on the 52 sights.
Maybe if I live to be 120 I'll know what I should know now.
February 12, 2008, 04:32 AM
I tried replying to your PM but it says you have a PM block up.
February 12, 2008, 04:44 AM
Don't know what the problem is. I got your post about the PM block. Just e-mail me. By the way, I put up a URL in my profile that has a pile of stuff in it about the wife and me. It's a few years old but it will give you an idea as to what we used to do and what I hope to get back to doing one of these days.
March 21, 2008, 12:29 AM
Long time no hear from.
I e-mailed you but I don't know if you got it.
Anyway, if you have the height of the rear sight for the 52 I sure could use it. I still want to get the night sites installed and I have the front but CDNN no longer has nor will be stocking the baby eagle rear night sight, so I'm waiting for your info so I get the right height.
I got one of the sniper stocks from Midway for my Savage .308 and love it!!
It fits better than the original and is about as adjustable as it could be. I've been loading a bunch of test loads so I can get the best one for hunting and such. It's a heavy stock but that helps to soak up the nasty recoil that bruises me so badly. I'm taking so many chemo and arthritis meds that I bruise like an eggplant without a pad and a heavy stock. $154.00 is a lot to pay for a stock when you are on disability but I've been wanting one for about 3 years now and finally decided I'd saved enough to do it. I'm not disappointed.
Let me know if you have the height measurement.
March 24, 2008, 05:44 PM
I happened to remember that I have some Kustom Kolor military color paints from the House of Kolor that are brush-on/ air brush type. They are in a complete military paint assortment
They look to be quality paints for model builders, kind of like Testors. Do you think that these would work in the same way that you painted and baked the finish on your 52?
Since I have never done any of this kind of finishing of metal I assume that you either air brush or just carefully hand brush the paint on the various pieces/parts, let the finish dry completely and then when you have all of the various pieces painted you hang them in the oven at the required 300 degs. for the 2 hours. Do you leave them in the oven after you turn it off and let them cool down slowly until cold or take them out hot and then allow them to cool outside of the oven at room temp?
Just curious as I obviously don't want to screw anything up along the way.
Do you have to degrease / remove the original finish before painting or can you degrease and then just paint over the original finish? Mine is kind of what looks like parkerized which gives it a soft almost velvety look to it, now. It would seem that if the new color took on the texture of the parkerization that it would be better camo than a slick glossy blue painted over with flat colors.
Any thoughts? I really like what you've done with yours but I would like mine to be a little more subdued.
March 24, 2008, 08:01 PM
Use a round file to widen and deepen the rear sight apeture a tiny bit at a time, constantly checking the sight picture.
That, and a tiny dot of Testors® acrylic or enamel in the bright color of your choice on the front sight will enhance the sights you have.
March 25, 2008, 01:52 AM
Thanks for the info but I alrady tried that. Unfortunately, the West Nile Virus I got last fall has messed with the eyes enough that it is going to take something a bit larger/brighter, I guess. I changed the sights on my Browning HP to night sights and that has me back to hitting like I used to. As you know, the CZ 52 has pretty small sights and I think that is most of the problem for me. I can pick them up but it takes a long time. More than it should, anyway. Sooooo, I guess I'll wait for Brigadier's measurements since I got half of the night sight set so far.
March 25, 2008, 08:05 PM
I just got back from the range with my CZ52 i just installed a rear ghost ring sight from Makarov.com and a 9mm Luger barrel and i could not be happier. My CZ52 shoots 9mm very well only problem is now i have to give it a trigger job. I was a little nervous about the ghost ring sight but now i am glad i put one on.
March 30, 2009, 01:14 PM
This thread inspired me to hit the CAD (e-machine shop's CAD anyway) and design a complete replacement for the CZ-52 sights. The basic design is down, but since I was working from memory and not from measurements the exact numbers aren't quite right.
From the rear.
The sight replacement involves punching out your current rear sight, and tapping one hole on the end of the slide to replace your entire sights. The whole thing fits over the slide.
Once I get it done, I'll see what the manufacture cost is, and share the CZ love with everyone.
March 30, 2009, 02:18 PM
Nice idea!! Looks pretty neat. I'll wait for your dimensions. I have a machinist friend who might be willing to do the work for me. I'm glad you posted your design, it should work better than what I have, now.
Mike 56: What kind of 9mm barrel did you get. I have one that isn't worth a damn. Doesn't matter what configuration of bullet I try it jams on loading. I have gone so far as to polish the feed ramp/barrel throat and that just helped a little.
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