WARNING!! KNOW YOUR AMMO. There is some controversy surrounding 7.62x25
military ammo and arms !! The U.S. Army, and others, because of several reasons including
the massive bulk of the CZ-52 compared to the old trusty Tokarev had "assumed"
without experimentation that the CZ-52 was a much stronger pistol than the Tokarev. Clark
Magnuson did experiments with hot loads for the CZ-52 and Tokarev pistols. In his
experiments he determined the CZ-52, despite it's tremdous bulk, to be less capable than
the Tokarev pistol to withstand hot loads. Publishers of reloading manuals have reduced
the maximum safe pressures for 7.62x25 handloads in order to protect shooters.
According to Clark, the significant spot in the barrel is the underside of the chamber
which is .125" thick on the Tokarev but only .058" in the CZ52 because of the
extra milling needed to accomidate the roller mechanism in the CZ.
Know what ammo you're buying!!
The CZ-52 Is Nearly As Big, And Feels Heavier Than The Colt
The Grip Feels Fatter And The Metal Is Thicker
The Gun Is Very Accurate But The Cartridge Probably
Has The Tendency To Over-Penetrate Rather Than Knock-Down
The CZ-52 Holster Makes A Great 1911 Holster
Better Than U.S.G.I. Holsters In Comfort And Ease Of Use
note: hole in leather thumb strap must be stretched for this for cover to snap
The CZ-52 Safety Lever Has
Down On Lever By Trigger Guard To Field Strip. Slide Comes Off Very Easily.
The CZ-52 Has A Heavy Trigger By Design
Roller Bearings Inside Slide. Slide Does Not Move Up And Down Like On 1911. CZ-52 Slides
Moves Forward And Back Only After Roller Bearing Release Part Way Through Recoil.
Also Note Firing Pin Blocking Device.
Firing Pin Is Prevented From Forward Movement Until Button In Slide Is Depressed Via
Trigger Being Pull All The Way Back.
Photo Shows Bearing In Unlocked Position As Barrel Can Begin Movement Inside Slide.
It's A Very Tight Arrangement That Makes The Gun Inherently Accurate.
CZ-52 (CZ 513)**
Self Defense Gun - Or Just A
The CZ-52 (CZ 513**) is a very
interesting collectable pistol. It's very accurate and shoots flatter than my 1911
G.I. style pistol. Although it's very fun to shoot, in a real self-defense situation
I would leave the CZ-52 on the shelf and grab a trusty 45 as the CZ-52 is kind of clunky
and just doesn't feel very natural in the hand. A CZ-52 is likely to need a trigger
job and I would only trust a very reputable gunsmith experienced with such pistols to
perform a trigger job as it would be very easy to cause major problems that could result
in the gun firing when the decocking lever is used. I suspect this clunkiness and
safety issues are part of why they were only produced for a very few years. For a
collector piece though, the price is right.
CZ-52 Is It Sexy ??
The CZ-52 (CZ 513**) is
sexy in a weird kind of way. Yes It's Accurate, But The CZ-52 Has Got To Be The
Ugliest Gun Ever Made. So here is the paradox. How can such an ugly gun be sexy at
the same time. The CZ-52 reminds me of those big fat Russian military wrist
watches. It seems the Russians at one time couldn't make anything of precision
without putting major metal into it. But I still think the CZ-52 is sexy.
Imagine being a veteran of the Russian Army in WWII. You're freezing cold and
haven't seen a woman in months. In such a situation a big fat ugly woman with big
arms and legs who would keep you warm at night would seem like something pretty
good. Could the CZ-52 keep you warm at night? Definitely!
CZ-52 (CZ 513) It ain't
a 45... but WAIT!!
Sure it ain't a U.S. Army 45
throwing a big bowling ball 230 slug at bone crunching low velocity. But I ran
across a discussion about penetrating power that peaked my interest. The 7.62X25mm
Tokarev used in the CZ pistol, weights in a 86 grains and goes a blistering 1375 feet per
second. That's some pretty impressive penetration power. Makarov.com has great
info and parts and accessories for the CZ-52. Also available are 9mm conversion
packages and reloading data that's pretty educational.
CORRECTIONS: NOTE the
following information was sent by Oldrich Kotas
"CZ-52" is incorrect designation!!
> First, Pistol Type 52 is the ARMY designation, there does
> NOT exist anything like CZ-52. The manufacturer's
> designation was CZ 513.
> 200,000 manufactured and has been in army service for more
> than 40 years while small amounts still are. Proved to be
> totally safe and reliable unless some civilian n00bs come
> and start some tweaking.
Not used by Soviets!!
> Jesus Christ! Never ever any stupid Soviet put his hands on
> this gun. Is there something wrong with the geography
> education in US? Again, it was designed to be military
> service pistol. IMO I find more frontline usable than the
> 1911, btw. which I own. Remember, it was designed in country
> of longer gunsmith tradition than history of CCCP and USA
> Anyway, it's nice to see this gun my father used to carry
> for about 15 years still keeps attention and even overseas.
> Thanks and all the best,
> Oldrich Kotas
Tom Line - Nov 2001
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