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VZ 58 with a left side charge handle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Click Click Boom, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Click Click Boom

    Click Click Boom Well-Known Member

    Does anyone make a left side charge handle for the VZ58?

    Has anyone removed modified there bolt carrier to a left side charge handle?
  2. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Nope. No military has ever made left hand rifles. Except for the FAL. It's left hand operated. Safety, op handle and selector are all on the left side. Laughed at the CF Militia plug I overheard telling his buddy you couldn't shoot one left. Asked him how I managed to shoot expert with one.
    "...left side charge handle..." It'd take a complete redesign of the receiver.
  3. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    Find a talented welder/machinist.
  4. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    "...welder/machinist..." Don't even think about it. No welder is a smithy. Not all machinists are smithy's either.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2009
  5. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Could be done very easily to my untrained eye, looking at mine, the flat is there on the bolt carrier, same as the other side, nothing on the frame for it to run into, except demand for such a thing would be lower than a company might want to pursue. Contact Dan at czechpoint-usa.com, and ask, they might have access to one over in the Czech Republic, never know. They carry everything else vZ-58!
  6. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    This isn't rocket science, and no 'smith is needed - just someone who is a good metal worker.

    All one has to do is cut the handle off the one side and weld it on to the other . .


    Everything involved is a solid piece of steel . . .

  7. Click Click Boom

    Click Click Boom Well-Known Member

    I did a little looking and a place called Colorado Shooting Sports makes a left side and both side charge handles for the VZ 58.
  8. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Nice, thanks CCB. Went to look, the AK Lightning Bolt they offer says it's available for vZ-58...but the vZ-58 is 100% differant than anything they list there as a fit for thier left hand Lightning Bolt charging handle. I'd call and confirm that.
  9. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    A left-side charging handle on the Vz58 seems like a solution in search of a problem. The angle of the handle already makes it pretty lefty friendly as it is.
  10. Click Click Boom

    Click Click Boom Well-Known Member

    I dont see it that way. To me its a fix to a design flaw used to make the manual of arms AK like.
  11. Wes Janson

    Wes Janson Well-Known Member

    Putting a left-side charging handle on the VZ-58 would make far more sense for a right-handed shooter than a left. As a lefty who shoots one, I wouldn't want it any other way. Were I right-handed, I likely would want to swap it over.

    From a technical standpoint, it quite literally couldn't possibly be any easier of a modification. Not even Bubba could screw it up..all that's necessary is to chop it off and weld it back onto the other side. Then clean up the right side, and refinish.
  12. VA27

    VA27 Well-Known Member

    I don't think I'd chop and weld. I think I'd just turn a new one, drill and tap the bolt and screw it in. Maybe turn it out of titanium just for the coolness factor.
  13. HorseSoldier

    HorseSoldier Well-Known Member

    Might look a bit funny, but I don't see any reason you couldn't have an ambidextrous vz58 with a charging handle on both sides pretty easily.
  14. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    . . aside from the extra weight perhaps making some small difference in bolt movement(probably unnoticeable in a semi auto rifle).
  15. Click Click Boom

    Click Click Boom Well-Known Member

    Im going to buy a extra bolt carrier and having my gunsmith cut off the charge handle and then drill/tap and screw in a left side charge handle.

    Will a different carrier change the head space?
  16. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    First, I'd recommend your guy cut the original handle with a bandsaw and tig it on to the other side. It'll be a lot easier than what you're suggesting, I think.

    I'm not aware of any rifle where changing the bolt carrier does anything to the headspace (including the Vz58).
  17. LGswift

    LGswift Well-Known Member

    Home project with pictures - not mine

  18. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Buy a second bolt carrier from Czechpoint first, JUST in case...
  19. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    I have to say, I know less than nothing about AK-47s or vz. 58s and I've never wanted to own an AK-47 (and still don't). However, this thread got me looking at, and learning about, the vz. 58 and I think I'd like one. The fact that the reciever is milled is appealing but what sort of accuracy can one expect with factory ammunition and with reloads? Are optics an option ... I'll have to do more research I know.

    As for the welding involved in swapping the charging handle to the other side, it'd be trivial for any half-decent welder. If I were doing this project, I'd cut off the existing handle, TIG weld it on the other side, clean everything up and then grit blast and apply a coat of GUN-KOTE 2400 then bake for 2-1/2 hours at 325°F.

  20. lipadj46

    lipadj46 Well-Known Member

    I know Tom Cole from Cadiz Gun Works can convert Saigas and add a left side charging handle. As I remember it was an additional charging handle and it was removable via a small bolt.

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