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Where have all those CZ52 rifles gone?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Snowdog, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. Snowdog

    Snowdog Well-Known Member

    Three questions:

    1) Is there anyone still offering those Czech CZ-52 rifles chambered in 7.62x45? I remember several importers offering them a while back, but now I can't even find them on auction sites.

    2) Does anyone know how they fair in the accuracy department?

    3) If I do manage to find one of these rifles, are they C&R eligible?
    I just received my C&R yesterday, after less than a three-week wait.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. David4516

    David4516 Well-Known Member

    I'm probably just being dumb here, but isn't the CZ52 a handgun?
  3. grendelbane

    grendelbane Well-Known Member

    I can only answer one of your questions. I have one, and it is fair in the accuracy department. It shoots slightly better than most SKS I have seen, but not as well as as my M1a or my Garand. Sorry, but I have never actually shot it on paper to see how it groups.

    Each individual rifle is much like a lottery ticket anyway. If you get an average example, I don't think you will be disappointed.

    It is an intriguing design, but seems a little heavy for the cartridge it fires.
  4. Sulaco

    Sulaco Well-Known Member

  5. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member

    Yup, it's a rifle.

    And the rifle, chambered for either the 7.62x45 and later 7.62x39 is called the VZ-52, while the autopistol in 7.62x25 is the CZ-52.

    Yes, it's C&R eligible. You don't see them anymore because they haven't been imported for quite some time, and some of those imports got black texture paint slathered all over them - to hide nasty or broken wood. There were only between 5,000 and 10,000 of them imported, compare that to SKS rifles or Mausers. Here's what one looks like when the wood is cleaned up:


    Surplus, steel-cased 7.62x45 ammo has all but dried up. No problem, it's easy to handload for once you lay in a supply of formed brass. (I make and stock it) It uses the same 123gr bullets as the AK-47, and runs just fine on Accurate Arms #1680. See the above website, as posted by Sulaco. Accuracy, depending on the bore condition, can be pretty good. This one goes into about 2.0 - 2.5" at 100 yards with my 123gr handloads. They're pretty darned heavy little guns for the lightweight cartridge they shoot.

    Pee Ess: Sulaco, thanks for plugging my website! :D
  6. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member

  7. Sulaco

    Sulaco Well-Known Member

    No problem Gewehr98. I knew about your VZ site because I was doing some research on the Russian guns. Nice site, by the way. I would love to be able to collect the old Russian stuff (I am Ukranian) but I am pretty much broke all of the time from other "afflictions". ;)
  8. Snowdog

    Snowdog Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys, that answers my questions.

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