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Anyone concealed carry a CZ52?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by CZ 42, Jan 2, 2008.


How do you?

  1. IWB, one in chamber, hammer down

    6 vote(s)
  2. IWB, cocked & locked

    2 vote(s)
  3. I don't, b/c of overpenetration

    8 vote(s)
  4. I don't, but it'd be great for blasting cover

    14 vote(s)
  5. OWB, I live dangerously.

    4 vote(s)
  6. IWB, dry chamber

    4 vote(s)
  1. CZ 42

    CZ 42 Well-Known Member

    I just bought a red storm holster, wondering if it's a good idea for when I can carry.
  2. Halo is for Kids

    Halo is for Kids Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't carry it for a number of reasons...

    #1 - Decocker is a second trigger.
    #2 - Big and heavy.
    #3 - Over penetration is an issue.
    #4 - Firing pins and rollers have some issues.
    #5 - There are better guns out there for carry (not many for $100 though).
  3. Dr. Mudd

    Dr. Mudd Member

    I had a CZ-52 for a few years. It fires an interesting cartridge, but it was the worst feeling, poorest handling pistol I ever had in my hand. I gave it away. I think the best use for that round is to fire it in a .30 caliber rifle using a chamber adapter from Ace up in Alaska.
  4. Mojo-jo-jo

    Mojo-jo-jo Well-Known Member


    My reasons are:

    1. Overpenetration.
    2. Worn de-cocker/safety will become second trigger. :eek:
    3. Brittle firing pin prone to breakage.
    4. Too big/heavy for capacity.
    5. Single action only and not safe to carry "cocked and locked" (safety prone to malfunction).
    6. Lack of acceptable carry ammo loads.

    It's a really neat design, and loads of fun to shoot at the range. I can hit a stump at 75 yards with mine due to the flat trajectory of the round.

    However, it's a very poor defensive round, a poor man-stopper with SEVERE overpenetration issues.
  5. VirgilCaine

    VirgilCaine Well-Known Member

  6. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    I had a CZ-52 and while I thought it was interesting, I also didn't like the ergonomics so I sold it. I'm a huge CZ and Combloc gun fan, but I just didn't like the 52.
  7. PTK

    PTK Well-Known Member

    Yep! I carry my CZ52 chambered, cocked, and safety on sometimes. I made an OWB holster for it, and it conceals fairly easily under a button up shirt or slightly larger T shirt than I normally wear.
  8. 40SW

    40SW Well-Known Member

    Overpenetration would be the number one reason for me not to carry it, same as with an FN57 (5.7x28) or anything chambered in .357SIG.
  9. Bigdtc

    Bigdtc Well-Known Member

    I carry my '52 Daily. I carry it with an empty chamber AND the hammer cocked because it is easier to chamber the first round with it back. I carry it IWB on My right hip and it is comfortable there. I replaced the stock firing pin with an aftermarket hardened one. The decocker works fine because of the aftermarket pin.( Pin is from BCA-Services.com) I use Wolf hollow points in it and I'm not afraid of overpenetration. Practice,Practice,Practice shooting it and the ergonomics are overcome, if it is a problem.
  10. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    I would only carry it in the car glovebox. The hip is a glock 23.
  11. CZ 42

    CZ 42 Well-Known Member

    I'll probably end up using it for a while anyway, until I find an excuse to splurge on a CZP-01. It seems pretty flat, I thought that would be good. And of course it has bad ergonomics, it's 50s czech vintage.
  12. wheelgunslinger

    wheelgunslinger Well-Known Member

    I wore mine OWB in a flap holster for a while.
    There are a great many gangstas wearing kevlar these days.
    You can do a lot worse than the 52 or the 5.7 FN, if these are your local thugs.

    Nowadays, I'm surrounding by stratoyuppies, rednecks, and armchair ninjas. So, I just carry a wheelgun. I still like the 52, and am glad the 5.7 came to be.
  13. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    The CZ52 is a fun blaster to take to the range.

    It's a horrible choice for a carry weapon, for the above mentioned reasons. Additionally, I have had these guns dump the magazine floor plate, spring, follower, and any remaining ammunition when shooting a string. :uhoh:

    Regarding the Wolf Hollowpoints not overpenetrating, Brassfetcher should disabuse you of that notion.
  14. VirgilCaine

    VirgilCaine Well-Known Member

    Re: Brassfetcher:

    I would hazard a guess that the hollow point was filled with denim.

    In any case, one instance of overpenetration using that round doesn't convince me it's a common problem with those hollowpoints.
  15. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    I don't mind the round at all. I just can't stand the ergonomics and the sights of the CZ52. The only things the gun has going for it are the caliber and the fact that it's thin. And this is coming from a huge CZ fan.
  16. silverlance

    silverlance Well-Known Member

    the 52 is a fantastic range gun that can hit things at ridiculous distances. but a carry gun ... i would probably prefer an feg pa-63 with good JHP in 9x18. the 52 is too bulky, too awkward, and really bangs the hand up good with prolonged fire.

    that said, if i had a choice between it and a hi-point 9mm, and both were new and not my guns, id probably take the 52.

    and by the way, the 52 will penetrate a kevlar helmet cleanly, whereas even a 44mag can't.
  17. azhunter12

    azhunter12 Well-Known Member

    I don't cause I can't carry.
  18. Elvishead

    Elvishead Well-Known Member

    I would consider carrying it because it's so narrow. 1 in the chamber uncocked.

    But I have other guns that are better, so I'll wait to qualify with it.
  19. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    So's a 1911 or a BHP.
  20. Bob R

    Bob R Well-Known Member

    I don't carry one on my person, but, I have a nylon holster on the doghouse of my van just for a CZ52.

    If I am going to have to use it while on the road, I want the ability to go through car doors and windshields.


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