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CZ.52 Cutout



The CZ52, an emblem of Czech ingenuity, emerged from the Ceska-Zbrojovka state factory, a testament to precision and innovation. Its nomenclature carries the VZ52 moniker, wherein VZ signifies "Vzor" or model, standing in place of the more commonly used CZ prefix. In a sea of Tokarev-inspired designs, Czechoslovakia ventured into the realm of originality, birthing the CZ52 as their distinctive pistol. 

Born between 1952 and 1954, the CZ52 numbers over 200,000, a brief yet impactful period of manufacture. This semi-automatic, single-action firearm boasts an exceptional roller-locked design, boasting a solid weight of 35 ounces and an overall length of 8.25 inches. Its magazine holds 8 rounds in a single-stack configuration, with the release conveniently located at the grip's base, a hallmark of European pistol design. However, its recoil and muzzle flash, particularly when paired with the potent 7.62x25 Czech ammunition, can be assertive. With a barrel length of 4.7 inches, a unique departure from most communist arms, the CZ52 does not feature chrome lining. A lever on the left side beneath the slide, when pushed upwards, locks the slide rearward, although its thin design can pose manipulation challenges.

At the heart of the CZ52's operation lies the roller-locking system akin to the WWII German MG42 machine gun and modern H&K assault rifles. Firing the 7.62x25 Tokarev round, the CZ propels the Czech M48 variant at a staggering 1650 feet per second from its 4.5-inch barrel—20% hotter than standard loadings. With an unyielding design, the CZ52 effortlessly withstands the Czech M48's heightened energy. However, it's vital to note that the Czech M48 ammunition is not compatible with other 7.62x25 pistols like the TT33 Tokarev.

The CZ52 is a paragon of robust craftsmanship, cast from heavy milled steel in both its frame and slide. Sporting a sturdy recoil spring, it may exhibit reluctance with certain Tokarev rounds. The thumb-actuated safety features three positions—fire, safe, and a unique decocking mode that releases the hammer. A well-placed rebound notch ensures the hammer doesn't rest upon the firing pin when the safety is engaged and the hammer is lowered.

Notably, many CZ52 pistols available today have undergone Czech arsenal rebuilds from the 1970s through the 1980s. These overhauls involve the installation of new barrels, replacement of worn parts, and refinishing in a matte dark gray hue. Rebuilt models are marked with VOP and the rebuild year, often identified by a single-digit number indicating the rebuilding facility. Original condition CZ52s, untouched by arsenal intervention, exude a gray-green hue reminiscent of WWII U.S. weaponry.

Origin: Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
Manufacturer: Ceska-Zbrojovka

Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol

Caliber: 7.62x25mm Tokarev
l Length: 120mm (4.7")
Action: Recoil Operated, 
Roller Locked

Magazine Capacity: 8 Round Detachable Box Magazine


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