At the Range with My CZ-52

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Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Gary Prisendorf

As I’ve mentioned before in previous blog posts, there is just something about old military surplus firearms that fascinates me.

I think it’s probably that they are battle tested, rugged and reliable. And the CZ-52 pistol is definitely no exception to that rule.

The CZ-52 pistol went pretty much unheard of until the mid-to-late 1990’s, when thousands of them were released by the Czechoslovakian government for the U.S market.

Approximately 200,000 CZ-52 pistols were made from 1952-1954. It served the Czechoslovak army for 30 years before being replaced in 1982, by the VZ-82 chambered in the 9×18 Makarov cartridge.

I purchased mine in the late 90’s for $129.00, simply because it seemed well-made and was inexpensive.

I never did any serious shooting with it and didn’t need to reload for it, because at the time I bought it, I purchased 2000 rounds…

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