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Old 02-14-2012, 23:43   #1
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The old ones need lovin too

My first handgun was a 1954 CZ52 czech military pistol chambered for 7.62x25mm. The handgun itself is weird looking, but interesting, factory bakelite grooved grips, single action, tiny military sights and topped off with a holster, 3 mags and cleaning rod. The magazine holds 8 rounds of the bottleneck .30caliber cartridge and this thing is such a blast to shoot. The action is a roller-type lockup as used on german MG42 machine guns. exact barrel length i do not know (4.82" i think) but the pistol and round together are a very accurate, flat shooting platform. most available ammo (surplus) is composed of an 86grain .30 bullet traveling at about 1400-1700fps. i believe the actual case is a 9x19mm necked down to .30 caliber. My cz52 has the original grey (parkerizing? maybe phosphate) coating and still retains about 98% of that. the sights are a pain and my firearm shoots about 1 1/2ft low (i have to aim RRREEAAALL high) but man i can easily explode water bottles at 30yds. modern production ammo is pretty hard to come by but when you do find it, its pretty cheap. as is surplus ammo. so for a cheap, fun old military pistol i highly recommend a cz52 as a target/range gun.

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-a while ago i found a custom ammo maker and ordered a box of heavy 100gr hornady xtp hollow points going 1500fps for just $27.00 a box of 50! this was only a year ago so prices should still be right around there. helluva deal i think
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Old 02-15-2012, 19:37   #2
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I've got one myself.

Its certainly great fun at the range.
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Old 02-16-2012, 14:51   #3
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I had one, couldn't wait to get rid of it. Interesting cartridge though, the only bullet tested in Box'o Truth that penetrated a GI kevlar helmet.
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Old 03-04-2012, 17:46   #4
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I love the CZ52 myself. All of mine shoot low with most ammo too. Czech ammo tends to hit point of aim (go figure). The 7.62X25 is nothing more than a souped-up copy of the 1896 30 Mauser cartridge. Actually, the 9MM is a necked up 30 Luger cartridge. Not the other way around. If one wants to form 7.62X25 cases, you can make them easily from 5.56 brass. With S&B, Winchester, PPU and Star brass available, no need to do that anymore. An interesting hand load we used decades ago was the 30 caliber 100gr Speer "Plinker". It's a half jacket soft point that made quite a self defense & coyote round. Now you can get purpose made HPs from Wolf & others.

Great ole gun that looks like it belongs in a sci-fy movie.

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Old 03-04-2012, 17:49   #5
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BTW, if you ever get to watch the Sci-Fy Channel's version of Battlestar Galactica, you'll see several humans packing CZ-52's.
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Old 03-06-2012, 14:23   #6
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I love the CZ52 myself. All of mine shoot low with most ammo too. Czech ammo tends to hit point of aim (go figure). The 7.62X25 is nothing more than a souped-up copy of the 1896 30 Mauser cartridge. Actually, the 9MM is a necked up 30 Luger cartridge. Not the other way around. If one wants to form 7.62X25 cases, you can make them easily from 5.56 brass. With S&B, Winchester, PPU and Star brass available, no need to do that anymore. An interesting hand load we used decades ago was the 30 caliber 100gr Speer "Plinker". It's a half jacket soft point that made quite a self defense & coyote round. Now you can get purpose made HPs from Wolf & others.

Great ole gun that looks like it belongs in a sci-fy movie.

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What is that metal/shinny part in the middle of the grip?
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What is that metal/shinny part in the middle of the grip?
that sir is the grip retaining clip. Just a stamped piece of springy steel that does its job well. the grips aren't going anywhere. Especially with a hogue handall grip sleeve with finger grooves and palm swells
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