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My $99 CZ-52

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My $99 CZ-52

#1 Post by KneverKnew » Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:43 am

Bought this years ago for $99. I'm sure my "changes" will peeve some die hard collectors, but hey, it's my gun. :)
Didn't like the bakelite grips, so I made some from walnut.

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I've done extensive load testing with this pistol over the years and for what it is, it is fairly accurate.
As can be seen in one picture, the locking rollers have worn spots in the lower frame. Does this wear seem excessive?
I was wondering if stoning down the rough spots would be okay, or would that change lock up somehow?

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Re: My $99 CZ-52

#2 Post by EdHoffer » Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:57 pm

Many of us have changed out grips and no problem one clip old grips back on and its original.

As to the question of stoning it down personally I would be skeptical but I would probably first put some dye on it to find out how much wear you're actually getting.

Stoning it down would give a cosmetic look which would degrade price. Mine were purchased when they 100 bucks more or less as well.

Just my 2 cents.

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Re: My $99 CZ-52

#3 Post by KneverKnew » Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:10 pm

I guess my main question is do the wear marks look excessive? Or is this common for most CZ 52’s?

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#4 Post by JonnyDetroit » Tue May 21, 2019 9:22 am

I wouldn't mind picking one of these up, just to see how they are engineered and how they shoot.

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#5 Post by JonnyDetroit » Tue May 21, 2019 9:22 am

Also, those are nice looking grips.

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Re: My $99 CZ-52

#6 Post by KneverKnew » Tue May 21, 2019 4:52 pm

Thanks. I think you would find the engineering great. They were designed to withstand the power Of The Czech 7.62x25 high power machine gun ammo. That ammo would blow a tokarev apart.

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#7 Post by KneverKnew » Tue May 21, 2019 4:57 pm

I did replace new hardened rollers. Haven’t had much chance to do any shooting with it sense.

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#8 Post by ammolab » Tue May 21, 2019 6:35 pm

I think that wear isn’t anything to worry about. Also, “Czech 7.62x25 machine gun ammo” is a myth, and so is it’s ability to blow up Tokarevs.

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Re: My $99 CZ-52

#9 Post by KneverKnew » Tue May 21, 2019 10:07 pm

Ok. It’s what I was told somewhere. Just doing my part to spread confusion. LOL. I do know the action is strong from my past load testing. I went a bit hot with some tests but it all held together. I was young and dumb and very fortunate. My max load test pushed an 85 grain Hornady XTP .312 bullet at 1700 FPS. A little stiff to eject the case but everything was good. I decided it was a bit hot. My reloading practices have gotten much more reasonable with age.

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#10 Post by Ghoulardi » Tue May 21, 2019 11:58 pm

the only thing that is "bad" about the 52, is after all that design and engineering that went into it, for some unknown reason the Czechs got a shot of stupidity and made a cast firing pin instead of a milled one
COOL IT WITH THE BOOM-BOOMS!! OVA-DAY!!

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Re: My $99 CZ-52

#11 Post by ammolab » Wed May 22, 2019 12:55 am

KneverKnew wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 10:07 pm
Ok. It’s what I was told somewhere. Just doing my part to spread confusion. LOL. I do know the action is strong from my past load testing. I went a bit hot with some tests but it all held together. I was young and dumb and very fortunate. My max load test pushed an 85 grain Hornady XTP .312 bullet at 1700 FPS. A little stiff to eject the case but everything was good. I decided it was a bit hot. My reloading practices have gotten much more reasonable with age.
You know the FASTEST, and thus I guess the “hottest” as guys like to call it, 7.62x25 ammo is the new Czech S&B commercial ammo (and the Win boxed ammo S&B made for them). It runs over the Chrony faster than mythical M48 Czech surplus, and all the other ComBloc surplus too boot. If your pistol holds together with that ammo it must be good to go.

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Re: My $99 CZ-52

#12 Post by KneverKnew » Wed May 22, 2019 8:43 am

Ghoulardi wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 11:58 pm
the only thing that is "bad" about the 52, is after all that design and engineering that went into it, for some unknown reason the Czechs got a shot of stupidity and made a cast firing pin instead of a milled one
True. And mine broke. But I replaced it with a better one. All is good now.

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Re: My $99 CZ-52

#13 Post by FamilyFirearms » Thu May 23, 2019 9:06 am

My CZ52 was one of the guns that got the sickness started for me years ago. I still have it and have shot a LOT of then cheap ammo out of it. Some hot and some some not. Some good surplus and some bad with hard primers and very frustrating days at the range.

Luckily I never had a firing pin issue or any really not even a roller change. But I now have a new out look on the gun since we acquired a 16’ box trailer of surplus parts. My search for hot ammo is over and I will stay with the Romanian surplus for now.

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Re: My $99 CZ-52

#14 Post by KneverKnew » Thu May 23, 2019 11:05 am

Ouch. Yes, I’d say standard velocity will do just fine.

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