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Old 10-05-2012, 11:09 PM   #21
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Several years ago I researched the cz52 just to know a little about the pistol. I read in a review that when they were imported, they were gone thru worn parts replaced etc. That these refurbished examples were parkerized for the export market.

I tried to find an article that backed my memory it appears that some camps believe the parkerizing was first then blued and visa versa. It makes since that the blue was first then the parkerized finish was etched later, in my mind fwiw.

I linked a review that seems pretty complete and fairly well done. We have litterly shot thousands of rounds thru the pistol without problems.

If you decide on this pistol the trigger pull greatly effects the accuracy more than others I've shot. It is extremely accurate in my sons hands. He was shooting spent shotgun shells from 30ft away without a miss.

Both the cz52 & the 7.62x25 will be one of my favorites for life.

http://www.chuckhawks.com/cz_52.htm
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I've decided I want a CZ52, anyone know somewhere that sells them for a good price? Or if you're in Alabama, want to sell? Thanks.
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I've decided I want a CZ52, anyone know somewhere that sells them for a good price? Or if you're in Alabama, want to sell? Thanks.
I live in northern MS. The last one I saw for sale was around 200.00 a few years ago. They are available in lgs, just keep checking gun shows also.
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nice job on that - is the duracoat an easy process you did yourself?
It was easy and I did it myself. Below is from a thread I did about it awhile back.

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The Duracoat process was very easy. If you have basic handyman skills, you can do it. I bought the kit which includes everything you need including the airbrush and can of propellant if you don't have an oil-less air compressor. They have more color choices (even camo configurations) than you can shake a stick at. Here is the link for Duracoat Lauer Weaponry Online Order Center

The process that I used was as follows:

1. Remove grips, remove slide and spring. To do this, REMOVE MAGAZINE, pull trigger well down until it clicks, pull slide back until it is able to be pull upward, pull upward and while holding the slide with a firm grip, move it forward and the slide and spring will come off. Or see this link YouTube - CZ-82 Field Stripping
2. Lightly sand the gun using 0000 steel wool to remove loose/chipped paint and smooth out any ridges from the original finish. You can also remove the original finish, but not necessary.
3. Clean the gun with the cleaner that comes with the kit (you MUST remove any oil, solvents or foreign matter from the gun before you start).
4. Tape of barrel with painters tape and plug ends of barrel with soft earplugs.
5. Mix finish with hardener that is provided in the kit according to the instructions.
6. Hang parts from coat hangers or similar. Apply finish in even coats and hold the airbrush about 6"-8" away from the gun and grips as you apply it. Allow a couple of minutes between coats for drying. Apply in a well ventilated area and don't allow dust or debris to get on it during this process. I coated everything except the barrel because the product goes on so thin that it does not interfere with the operation of the parts. If you use the can of propellant MAKE SURE YOU KEEP IT IN A POT OF WARM WATER BECAUSE IT WILL FREEZE UP.
7. Use the kitchen oven to bake on the finish (except the plastic grips). Do this at 150 - 175 degrees for 20 minutes.
8. After it cools, re-assemble and you are done. I let mine cure
out for 2-3 weeks before I put rounds through it just to be sure. I have about 400-500 rounds through it and the finish is holding up well so far.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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I've decided I want a CZ52, anyone know somewhere that sells them for a good price? Or if you're in Alabama, want to sell? Thanks.
They have them for $285 direct from the importer

http://www.czechpoint-usa.com/
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I want the CZ for the price, but the Star for the availability of ammo anywhere (ie Walmart, LGS, ect)

I had a Star PD. It was a great gun, but you can't get spare parts for them.
Other good surplus guns are the Tokarev (you can get a Norinco that shoots 9mm luger) Makarov or the Hungarian police pistols, the PA-63, in 9 x 18 or in .380 acp. I would not get the Nagant revolver unless I wanted a novelty gun. It is one of the worst firearms I have ever owned. (and I still liked it)
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I looked at a nagant revolver at the gun show today. He had two, $125 each. That is one ugly gun. I almost bought one.
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I have always liked Milsurp handguns. The German handguns from WWI and WWII are works of art. The Lugars and Mauser Brooms are my favorites. The P-38s are not as nice but are fun shooters.
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Those Lugers are a bit (a lot) outside my price range, but all in all are truly works of art and individual masterpieces
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I have both a cz52 and a nagant revolver both are fun to shoot.
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