Originally Posted by Pounce
I do believe the vz is Gov. and CZ is civie.
The vz-82 is the one you get with a c&r and the cz-83 is the civilian where you need a ffl 1.
The vz-52 CESKA ZBROJOVKA, is not the cz although it is called that a lot.
This is my understanding. But all the same, does anyone know why it's a c&r at only 20+?
Ceska Zbrojovka is the manufacturer. It translates to Czech Armory.
CZ is the abbreviation.
VZ or VZOR translates to "model"
So, you have a CZ vzor 82.
They were made in 9mm makarov 9x18 and in 32acp.
CZ made vzors 27, 38, 50, 52, 70, 75, 82, 83, 85, 97, 100 and a joint effort with Colt "40". Their latest efforts include P01 P06, P07 and many others. Not to mention excellent rifles.
The reason the 82 are C&R is mainly because no one uses the makarov cartridge any more. (9mm and .380 dominate the market. The Makarov is between the two in size and power.)
It's a shame really. My CZ82 is incredibly reliable and accurate. The Brown and Silver Bear Russian ammo is damn cheap, too.
The "other " CZ you are referring to is the Crvena Zastava...It is manufactured in Yugoslavia. NOT the same thing. They are marketed by EAA.