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CZ 75 Review

The Czechoslovakian army pistol model 52, CZ-52 abbreviated, is a fascinating weapon-technology development. In principle, the domestic weapon industry in Czechoslovakia had many experiences in the production of high-quality contractor handguns. Therefore, despite the Soviet-Russian supremacy, the self-sufficiency could remain so well protected in the weapon industry.

The CZ 75 D Compact pistol having Serial No. 999 999 has been assembled by Mr. Bronislav Fuksa, Zlín Region Councillor. This powerful handgun will be displayed at the Police Museum of the Czech Republic in Prague. Millionth piece – the CZ 75 B, which was assembled by the Minister of Interior of the Czech Republic, Mr. Ivan Langer, is to be featured as a particular item at the Hall of Fame of this firearms company located in the town of Uherský Brod.

The General Manager of CZUB, Mr. Lubomír Kovařík assembled piece with the Serial No. 1 000 001, this particular model was again the CZ 75 B. This handgun will be exhibited in a new retail store of Česká zbrojovka in Prague.

In spite of the fact that the CZ 75 pistol officially originated more than 30 years ago, its conception still represents unique handgun design used for duty, personal defense and recently also hugely successful sports handgun, which is rightly distinguished as the flagship among the lines of products made by Česká zbrojovka a. s., Uherský Brod. The qualities of this weapon are justly testified by the fact that after the Colt 1911 ranks as the second most copied handgun.
General Manager of Česká zbrojovka a.s., Ing. Lubomír Kovařík is holding in his hands the first CZ 75 pistol being made and its one-millionth sister.

Only with the ammunition compromises were closed and the cartridges Warsaw Pact were taken over since standardization was desired. Over approx. 1949 was built the first prototypes with the designation “491”, at that time still in the caliber 9 mm of Luger. The CZ-52 has the caliber of 7.62 x 25 mm Tokarev, which are a copy 7.63 Mauser. Considerably at the development of the CZ-52, the two technical designers were involved January and Jaroslav Kratochvil.

Like several handguns from this time also the CZ-52 is a classical complete steel weapon with “single action” departure. Only fewer full parts consist of coined/shaped and punched plates. Additionally itis remarkable that the weapon consists just straight one of 41 parts(without magazine).

Thus also for possible supply and maintenance work the expenditure was limited to a minimum. The bolting device principle functions using a role catch. At the rear end, the run possesses guide rails, which slide into appropriate slots the inside of the carriage. Thus an accurate guidance is given. If run and catch stand in the front position, the piece of curve presses the two locking rollers attached at the run outward.

The roles stand out thereby laterally and rest in appropriate reaming in the carriage. Because there cannot evade inward, is thus run and carriage locks with one another. After the firing delivery, the run slides briefly back and gives then after approx. 4.5 mm the roles using a piece of curve locked in the catch, freely. It is at the same time the counter bearing for the two roles. The renewed bolting device takes place accordingly reverse. After the last shot, the carriage remains in the rear position. In series, no fang was inserted. To thus lock the catch carriage in the back, an empty magazine must be assigned.

The dismantling takes place quite merely, by downward pulling the gun owner at the front end of the trigger guard and pushes the carriageway forward and raises something.

Here it becomes recognizable that the company Heckler & Koch copied very much with the model P9S with theCZ-52 – it developed some characteristics practically directly.

Afterwards an honor for the CZ-52 handgun. If the hammer should be strained and harmless easing is in demand, the safeguard lever can also be used upward pressed as easing levers. There was a variant with camping departure, this, however, was not resumed. The firing pin is the mentionable only weak point. It can break easily if the hammer is empty reduces. Otherwise, the CZ-52 is at that time a very matured for the time and thought out construction.

Caliber: 7.62 mm 9 mm

Self-loading handgunCZ Model 52 is used for personal defense and shooters training.

CZ Model 52 Pistol is offered in following modifications:

with the barrel caliber 7.62 mm

with the barrel caliber 9 mm

with both ba rrels caliber 7.62 mm and 9 mm’

 

TECHNICAL DATA

 

Caliber

mm

7.62

9

Muzzle velocity

m/s

480

398

Muzzle energy

J

665

594

Operation

recoil, self-loading, single action

Locking

rollers/locked

Feed

8-round box magazine

Sights

fore, blade; rear, square notch

Rifling

6 grooves

4 grooves

Barrel length

mm

120

Overall length

mm

211

Weight with full magazine

9

1040

1045

Loaded magazine

g

170

175

Number of magazines

1 + 1

Effective range

m

50

Maximum range

m

1800

Cartridge

7.62 mm Tokarev

9 mm Luger

NOTE:

Cartridges with full-jacketed round nose bullets are recommended to use with calibre 9 mm.

DESCRIPTION AND OPERATION

The operation of self-loading handgun CZ Model 52 is based on the useof the recoil operated system with short backward motion of the barrel.

It employs locked, roller-locking breech system. Fig. 1 shows the sectional view of the weapon with terminology used.

 

 

1.

Barrel 24. Hold Open Catch

2.

Firing Pin 25. Takedown Latch / Hold Open Pin

3.

Finn Pin Retractor/Lock 26. Hold Open Catch / Safety Detent Spring

4.

Firing Pin Retractor Spring 27. Extractor

5.

Hammer 2S. Extractor Spring

6.

Hammer Strut Pivot Pin 29. Frame

7.

Hammer Pivot 30. Safety

8.

Hammer Pivot Nut 31. Lanyard Loop

9

Sear 32. Takedown Latch

10.

Sear Spring 33. Takedown Latch Spring

11.

Trigger Return / Disconnector Spring 34. Sideplate

12.

Roller Cam Retaining Pin 35. Slide

13.

Hammer Spring 36. Grip Panel, Left

14.

Hammer Strut 37. Grip Panel, Right

15.

Recoil Spring 38. Grip Retainer Clip

16.

Roller Cam 39. Magazine Catch

17.

Roller Locks 40. Magazine Housing

18.

Rear Sight 41. Magazine Follower

19.

Trigger 42. Magazine Spring

20.

Trigger Bar /Disconnector 43. Magazine Bottom Plate

21.

Trigger Pivot Pin 44. Trigger Bar Link Pin

22.

Extractor Pin 45. Sear/Ejector Spring

23.

Ejector

Overall the CZ 75b proved to be a great shooter & a fantastic value. I am a bit sad that I haven’t had an opportunity to shoot one until now. I think I may have caught the CZ bug & have found myself perusing my favorite gun auction site in search of a very early one or maybe even one of the very cool SP-01 Tactical to add to my Sphnix SDP Compact & my new CZ 75b.

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